Wild Edible Notebook—October 2014 Release!

Feral heirloom apples foraged from a forgotten Colorado homesteader's orchard.

We clambered through the underbrush in an overgrown lot and parted the spiny branches of wild plum to glimpse a wonderland of apple trees plump with every size, shape, and color you could imagine. These were not trees bearing malformed, feral apples grown from seed, but a … [Read more...]

Fruiting Forward

I know those look like buckets of apples. I couldn't resist. But there are plums underneath.

We went for wild plums in the cold, misty morning, gathering them with fingers freezing and lethargic, my feet squishing in icy, wet boots. It was worth enduring the thorny thicket, the musky scent of catnip tall around us, to come home with 20 lbs or so of plums, without making … [Read more...]

Hundreds of Apples

A purslane and goosefoot bounty growing together.

I feel so fortunate today for the generosity of people—and the several hundred apples in Gregg’s parents’ garage just waiting to be peeled and made into applesauce, apple cobbler, dried apple slices, and possibly apple jelly.  We arrived at Ruth’s house in Aurora yesterday … [Read more...]