"In wildness is the preservation of the world." -H.D. Thoreau

Why eat from the wild? The answer is obvious to anyone who has felt the emotional uplift from the weight of a basket brimming with morel mushrooms, the earthy-sweet scent of digging Sassafras roots, or the heavy pulsing of a fish testing the limits of your fly rod.
There are a million reasons to eat wild, to get dirty, to taste fresh food. It is here where we connect to the Earth, our Ancestral past, immediate present and hope for a healthy future...

"Nothing else can build such awareness as surely and powerfully as practicing the ancient ecological art of humankind - foraging. It is not observation of, but rather participation in the phenomena of Nature that brings us to our greatest understanding of our place in the mosaic of life."
-Samuel Thayer The Forager's Harvest

Foraging in the Tip of the Mitten!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Wildflowers of Summer: the Daylily

“Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gifts, 1844 
Everyone loves wildflowers. Constellations of the fields, ephemeral sparks in the forest understory, living jewels of the roadside - we invite them into our gardens and bring them home to enliven the windowsill or adorn a child's grapevine crown. I recall, in my early years, nearly any offense against my mother could be soothed by bringing her a bouquet of wildflowers. Her favorites were Queen Anne's Lace (aka Wild Carrot or Daucus carota) and Goldenrod (Salidago spp.), but any flowers we gathered would be placed in a jelly jar with water and made the centerpiece of our dining table. When flowers couldn't be found she delighted in the fruiting Chinese Bittersweet vines from which she made wreathes to decorate with and sell at antique shops.

Although I appreciate the beauty of all flowers, there are a few during this season of high summer that I actively seek because they are edible and delicious.The most well-known of these flowers is the Daylily.