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Knotweed Cake

For several years, I’ve attempted to use knotweed in savory dishes, but it is simply not best for that. It tastes a bit like rhubarb. Sour and tasty, especially with sugar. Knotweed is an excellent plant to know because it is highly invasive and…

Dandelion fritters

Dandelions are everywhere and most people at least vaguely know how to identify them. The most common look-alike in our area is Cat’s Ear (Hypochaeris radicata), but it is also edible. Chicory (Cichorium intybus) is frequently confused as well, but the flowers are a…

Roasted Dandelion Roots

For dandelion identification tips, please refer to this blog post: https://tracksandroots.com/2020/03/11/dandelion-chips/ Please comment below!

Pine Needle Tea

Pine needles are bursting with Vitamin C all winter long and can help keep your immune system up and prevent scurvy even in the worst of winters (not that we have those in Virginia!) Please do not use loblolly pine needles (3 needles), as…

Dandelion Chips

Have you every heard that dandelion greens are edible? Well, they are, but they are quite bitter so it’s best to come prepared for how to deal with that. Identification: Flowers: The common dandelion flowerhead over 100 yellow ray florets and no disk florets;…

Chickweed Salad

Chickweed is a sprawling plant with opposite, roundish leaves that can cover the ground like a carpet if allowed. And it’s all edible! Please leave a comment below!

Field Garlic Hash Browns

I’m hooked on these delicious Field Garlic Hash Browns. So easy to make, be sure to make this crowd-pleaser before the heat of the spring and summer dries out all of the field garlic leaves! Also, be sure all leaves you collect smell strongly…

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 pesto

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…

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