Northeast Seaweed Farming & Foraging: A Chat with Charles Yarish

Native Gracilaria tikvahiae, an edible seaweed, in culture. A non-native Gracilaria that looks identical has invaded the east coast and is also edible. Photo credit: C. Yarish and J. Kim, UConn

If you’re planning to make blancmange—a traditional milk pudding thickened with Irish moss seaweed—don’t forget a splash of brandy, says Dr. Charles Yarish, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut (UConn). “The French always add a little … [Read more...]

Seaweeding the Eastern Shoreline

Sea lettuces look like thin, green cellophane. Foraged from clean waters, they make for a delicious umami treat.

My parents shot me quizzical looks last summer when I announced my plan to gather seaweed in Long Island Sound, off the Connecticut coast. Not only would I collect, but also dry the seaweed at their house so I could take it back to Colorado with me for cooking experiments. I … [Read more...]

Lambs’ Quarters Pesto with Sunflower Seeds

Flowers and leaves of this common weed, now in season in some Breckenridge locales, are edible.

The other day we tore ourselves away from our computers and headed out into the forest in the fading light to sneak in a brisk walk before bed. I have mushrooms on the brain, always, these days, so I was hoping to find some. Our neighborhood at 10,000 feet on the mountainside … [Read more...]

Eat Your Ornamentals: Backyard Foraging with Ellen Zachos


Did you know that hosta—the large-leaved and oft variegated landscaping plant that the deer love so much—is edible? I had no idea until I picked up Ellen Zachos’ book, Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat (Storey Publishing, 2013). Go figure. The … [Read more...]

Wild Edible Notebook—August 2014 Release!


August's rains have arrived in the Colorado high country, and with them the mushrooms are starting to flush. I can hardly contain myself. Also recently arrived is—you guessed it—the August 2014 issue of the Wild Edible Notebook! This month’s edition features a travel story to the … [Read more...]