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Wild Garlic Butter

Have you ever been walking through the woods and smelled the strong scent of onion? Well, I have! We have several species of wild onion in Virginia. The most important question is: does it smell strongly like onion or garlic? If so, you mostly…

Chickweed

Chickweed (Stellaria media) is an amazing plant that grows all over central Virginia in yards, parks, under trees, etc. It can be tricky to find because it’s seasonal, coming up early winter and then dying back when it gets too hot. So now’s the…

Peppermint

Another example of a great medicinal plant is peppermint, which is a mainstay of gardens and often found straying into wooded lots. Peppermint cools your skin, so if you put it on your forehead, it will help relieve a fever and a headache. It…

About the Founder

Tracks and Roots has been many years in the making. The seed was planted when I was 17 years old and knew simply that I wanted to spend my life in the woods, studying nature, writing, and practicing survival skills. Perhaps my dream wasn’t…

Mini Violet Quiches

Next time you host a party, try out these delicious, Mini Violet Quiches! These are super easy to make, very inexpensive, and look great. Common Blue Violet (Violaceae Viola sororia) Ingredients: – 1 Cup Fresh violet leaves from Common Blue Violet or another edible…

Spicebush Ice Cream

Spicebush Ice Cream has a flavor unlike anything else you’ve had before. You can make the flavor strong or mild. Some people say it’s a little bit like nutmeg . . .  I think it’s a bit sweet and could possibly replace your need…

Amazing Weed Salad

I love weeds! There’s nothing like pulling weeds in your herb or vegetable garden and bringing them in to eat! If you eat your weeds, you can produce so much more food for your family and weeds tend to be chock full of vitamins…

Common Violet

Violet (Violaceae Viola spp.) is a mild tasting and common plant in Central Virginia. You can collect the flowers and eat them raw or if you can collect 5 – 6 cups of them, you may want to try making violet jelly by following…

Jewelweed

Did you know that there is free, over-the-counter medicine waiting just outside your doorstep? Plants! We all probably learned that medicinal plants were used by people all over the world before modern medicine? Many of these herbs have fewer side affects than prescription pills…

Fruit of the Gods!

Have you ever had a persimmon? What about a North American persimmon, Diospyros virginia? These persimmons are similar to the Asian persimmons, but much smaller – only about an inch in diameter. This misunderstood Virginia-native fruit can turn even the most adventurous eater away,…

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