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Botany: Leaves (Part 1)

Learning botany doesn’t have to be intimidating or boring You will feel more confident in your foraging and wildcrafting if you take the time to learn some basics. Don’t get too caught up in the details and have fun! So let’s talk about the basics of leaves… Leaf veins serve several function, regardless of their …

Dandelion Chai Blend

A beloved staple in India, “chai” is actually just the Hindi word for tea, so saying “chai tea” is (apparently) a bit redundant. Traditional masala chai, aka spiced chai, is brewed using various warming spices, and is often infused with black tea leaves for a more robust flavor. As my fellow chai lovers will attest, …

Rose Lemon Drop Martini

In certain cuisines, the petals and hips of the rose are considered an indispensable spice. We’ve used rose hips in a number of our recent recipes, but today we’re turning our focus to the petals. For most of us, a long-stemmed rose is synonymous with love, romance, Valentine’s Day and matters of the heart. In Western …

Immune-Boosting Punch

Can you feel it? The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are cooling off and the air just feels different… fall is coming! Along with the changing leaves, hot chocolate and sweater weather comes… cold and flu season. So what can you do to get ready? There are a number of herbal allies that can …

Rose Hip Jam

Roses (Rosa spp.) are the gifts that keep on giving. After you’ve enjoyed the beautiful, fragrant blooms of summer, the flowers drop off and small fruit known as hips takes its place. These tasty, tart little berries are packed full of antioxidants, vitamins such as calcium, phosphorus and iron, and are also one of the …

Elderberry Syrup

Sambucus nigra has a long history as a traditional medicinal plant. The father of medicine himself, Hippocrates, referred to it as “nature’s medicine chest” and recommended elderberry for a wide variety of conditions. The berries are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, and are believed to protect against viral entry into human cells and interfere …

Pine Syrup

Pine needles are probably not the first thing that come to mind when you think of ingredients to turn into a sweet syrup. Humor us on this one and try it! I promise, you won’t be disappointed. When gathering your pine needles, focus on the young, pale green tips of the branch, as they are …