Garden Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) Early Perennial Greens

A hot bowl of sorrel (green borscht) soup is a sure sign that spring has finally arrived. Often mixed with sorrel, nettles and other wild greens, this centuries-old recipe is pure nourishment. While visiting Saskatchewan, my grandmother-in-law, handed me a bowl of her sour leaf soup. As I savored it, she told me how she […]

Foraging for Fiddleheads: How To Identify, Harvest, Cook & Preserve Ostrich fern

In early spring foragers across the Northern Hemisphere head out to their favourite spots to collect the highly revered delicacy known as’fiddleheads’. Named for its spiralled shape resembling the scroll of a violin, fiddleheads are the curled, edible shoots of the Ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) – struthio meaning ostrich and pterion meaning wing. They are […]

Exploring Wild Plants in Atlantic Canada (And Beyond)

Studying & documenting local wild edible plants throughout the changing seasons is a great way to to advance both your foraging and your gardening skills. For most people you don’t have to wander far to find these wild treasures. Many common garden “weeds” such as dandelion, chickweed, and purslane are nutrient rich botanical ingredients. Our […]