Hazelnuts: Foraging for American and beaked hazelnuts

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If I had to choose a favorite wild edible, it would be the hazelnut. Rich in protein, fat, and flavor, hazelnuts make a satisfying snack, and can be used in cooking wherever you would use their commercially available counterparts (called … Continue reading

Elderberries

Foraging for Elderberries: How to identify it, where to find it, and how to harvest it.

The American elderberry, Sambucus canadensis, also called common elderberry or wild elder, is native to eastern North America. It is sometimes considered to be the same species as Sambucus nigra, the European elderberry or black elderberry. The two are at … Continue reading

Black Walnut Ice Cream With Brown Sugar and Cinnamon

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Black walnuts: Either you love ’em or hate ’em, right? There may be a good reason for that division, as you’ll read later on. In this recipe, toasting the nuts mellows the flavor. Brown sugar and cinnamon go especially well … Continue reading

Huckleberry Swirl Lemon Ice Cream Recipe

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Wondering what to to do with summer’s bounty of huckleberries or blueberries? This huckleberry swirl lemon ice cream recipe works wonderfully well with any type of huckleberry or blueberry. (However, that does not include the poorly named “garden huckleberry”, a … Continue reading

Black Huckleberries, Gaylussacia Baccata

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Black huckleberries (Gaylussacia baccata) are a favorite wild edible because they are easy to find and identify, and tasty enough to eat by the handful. They taste similar to their wild blueberry cousins (Vaccinium spp.), but the larger seeds of … Continue reading

Fresh Raspberry Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Chips

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Having trouble finding a homemade fresh raspberry ice cream recipe with a smooth, creamy texture that stays that way even after a week or more in the freezer? Lucky for you, you’ve stumbled upon one! It took a bit of … Continue reading

Blackberry Banana Ice Cream

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Here’s my blackberry banana ice cream recipe, which uses a custard base, my favorite technique for creating a sumptuously smooth mouth-feel. After making this ice cream, I was so pleased with the results that I googled to see if anyone … Continue reading