Canada and Bull Thistle – Edible from Bud to Root – Weekly Weeder #3
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Canada and Bull Thistle – Edible from Bud to Root – Weekly Weeder #3

Welcome to the Weekly Weeder series. Today’s featured weed is the thistle, i.e. plants of the genus Cirsium. No true thistles are known to be toxic, and they are fairly easy to identify. There are many thistle species throughout North America (and the rest of the world), but the two common in my yard are…

Wildcrafting Books and Resources – Weekly Weeder #1
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Wildcrafting Books and Resources – Weekly Weeder #1

Welcome to the Weekly Weeder!  This series covers all things “weed” related – foraging, identification, wildcrafting/uses (culinary, medicinal, companion plants aspects, habitat, etc.), wildcrafting books, tips and tools to get rid of them when they are problematic. Controls must be non-toxic and non-damaging to the environment. (NO ROUNDUP ALLOWED!)  

Cooking Weeds – Goosefoot Pie and Sauteed Milkweed Pods

Cooking Weeds – Goosefoot Pie and Sauteed Milkweed Pods

I decided this summer to move beyond using wild edibles in salad and medicine to experiment with cooking weeds. Goosefoot, also known as lamb’s quarters, was a taste and texture very similar to spinach, so I decided to use it in a version of a a Greek spinach pie (Spanakopita). Our vast colonies of milkweed…