Wild Edible Notebook—September 2014 Release!

Golden currants along the Blue River, yum.

Last night we had the in-laws-to-be over for dinner and I set out two jars of jam to accompany the chicken, each made from a different species of wild-foraged gooseberries. One was red, mild, and sweet; the other deep purple, tart and tangy. In the fridge we have two more … [Read more...]

There’s No Foraging Like Snow Foraging

October snow hovers in the Colorado high country.

It’s mid October and it just keeps snowing here in the high country at 11,000 feet in Colorado Rockies. You’d think foraging season were over, but it’s not. Two days ago I awoke to a steady snow and found myself unable to focus on work. By noon it stopped but the wind kicked … [Read more...]

The Current Currant Season is Kicking

Forager collects currants while unknowingly being swarmed by ants. Photo by Gregg Davis.

The currants and gooseberries were not yet ripe here at 11,000 feet in the Colorado Rockies when I published my August Wild Edible Notebook, which is devoted to berries—strawberries and huckleberries, specifically—but now they are, and oh what a currant season the current season … [Read more...]

Fall Foraging in the Colorado High Country

fall-dandelion-greens

We had a great hike on Pennsylvania Mountain near our house in the Colorado high country yesterday afternoon. My intention was just to go for a short jaunt because we both have non-wild-edible-plants-related work to get done. So we headed up to one of our usual spots—an old … [Read more...]

Jellies and Jams, My Currant Obsession

Juicy black currants ripe for the picking.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, I absolutely love making jellies and jams!   Mind you, this is a complete about-face from how I felt about them yesterday, especially after Gregg read aloud the brochure that came inside the box of MCP pectin and it said we had to “Measure ingredients … [Read more...]