Don’t Forget the Tumble Mustard

A tumble mustard top, tender young flowerbuds surrounded by wispy, soft leaves.

If you’re looking to make use of local wild greens, why not give tumble mustard (Sisymbrium altissimum) a try? Tumble mustard—a non-native species from the Middle East thought to have been introduced to North America years ago via contaminated crop seed—is found throughout much … [Read more...]

Snowboarding, Nettles, & Jerusalem Artichoke Bouyah

Stinging nettles foraged in the Denver area last week before the latest bout of snowstorms.

My friend’s husband tells tales of growing up in northern Wisconsin next to the Menominee Nation, where as a boy he played with the kids on the reservation. When they got hungry, they’d head to whichever family’s house was hosting that week’s “bouyah," a Midwestern tradition … [Read more...]

Sprouting Flour with Quinoa’s Wild Kin

Carolyn Niethammer’s compilation of native recipes from the Southwest includes several ideas for lamb’s quarter seeds or flour (pictured).

I’d been eating a lot of store-bought quinoa while staring longingly at the seeds of its relative, the ubiquitous weed, goosefoot. In fact I kept a jar of the black seeds in my pantry for more than two years before attempting to eat them. Truth be told, I was stumped by … [Read more...]

A Fall for Thick, Rosy Hips

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Legions of soft, plump, frost-kissed rosehips hang heavy upon their slender, prickly stems. Many are perfectly ripe, slipping off the ends of their branches with a soft, orange gush, leaving a sticky paste to be licked off the fingers. First I made rosehip sauce, by cooking … [Read more...]

Dad’s Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

Dad found a big porcini around 8,800 feet a couple days ago. I'll admit I was a little jealous.

My early porcini spot finally started fruiting a couple days ago, a full month behind last year's schedule. My guess is that the mushrooms decided to wait for my parents' arrival in Colorado. After so many trips to check for them, Gregg doubted I'd find any, but there they were, … [Read more...]