One woman's adventures foraging the world.

Wild Edibles

My History with Hen of the Woods: How the Maitake First Bested Me

My History with Hen of the Woods: How the Maitake First Bested Me

About this time last year, I thought my foraging season was coming to an end. Still acclimating to the East Coast, I’d missed most of the Chanterelle season, hadn’t found my own hunting grounds, and by the beginning of October, the Chanterelles that had been […]

Spring Under Snow

Spring Under Snow

Well, that didn’t last. Less than 10 hours after I’d nibbled on those first shoots of spring, I walked out the door to find those tasty little wild garlic shoots buried under inches of snow. Apparently the 2018 foraging season will be getting off to […]

Wildly Garlicky Signs of Spring

Wildly Garlicky Signs of Spring

The first shoots of wild edibles are beginning to appear in New York and I’m thrilling at their arrival. Late at night, on my way home from the gym, on Easter Sunday, I can’t stop myself from stepping off the sidewalk to pull at the […]

Thanksgiving is for Hunting

Thanksgiving is for Hunting

I suppose when you grow up in Michigan it’s natural to think the third Thursday in November is meant to be hunted. It’s a tradition that was more common with the men of my youth than myself, however. Still, this Thanksgiving found me less in […]

Wild Onion for Easter

Wild Onion for Easter

It’s always the last thing you spot, the hidden-in-plain site prize feet away from your car. I descended on the Delaware Water Gap, just west of the Appalachian Trail, on a sunny late March Saturday, the day before Easter. It was 60 degrees, unseasonable but […]