Wild Food News and Links: Edition 1

ohiopylewildfoodismWelcome to the first edition of Wild Food News And Links!  It’s my intention to share recent, relevant, and riveting news from around the web pertaining to the wild food lifestyle.  If you discover news that may benefit the readers of Wild Foodism, please let me know so that perhaps I can share it in a future edition.

Thank you!
-Adam Haritan

News

There appears to be a link between maple seed production and maple syrup production. If that’s true, it looks like this year will be a mast year for maple sap.

Hope you preserved them from last year’s harvest:  Just one cup of blueberries a day can lower blood pressure in certain individuals, a new study suggests.

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that corn – a species drastically distorted from its ancestral origins – was once indeed a wild organism.  New research offers clues as to how it arrived in the United States thousands of years ago.

Researchers have discovered that Artemisia annua, a plant native to Asia and naturalized throughout the world, lasts at least three times longer than its purified compound, artemisinin, against the malaria parasite.

If only we approached all our actions with the “Leave no trace” mentality:  Humans erode soil 100 times faster than nature.

Speaking of “Leave no trace,” what’s black carbon doing in our snow?  Could it be pollution from oil and agricultural practices?  Yes, yes it could be.

Out of approximately 85,000 species in the fungal kingdom, 65 are thought to be bioluminescent – meaning, they glow in the dark.  Here are several photographs capturing their beaming beauty.

Blogs

My friend, Erica, released her January edition of the Wild Edible Notebook – a beautifully designed, must-have monthly resource for foragers.  Check out her blog, Wild Food Girl, to see what it’s all about!

Hank Shaw shares his recipe for braised pheasant with mushrooms.

Winter foraging can introduce us to a variety of animal tracks.  Interested in learning whose tracks belong to whom?  Check out the Wildlife Tracking Walks that my friend, Janet Pesaturo, leads in Massachusetts.  Her blog, One Acre Farm, is an all-around great resource for wildlife enthusiasts of all types!

That’s it for this edition!  Thanks for reading!


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Adam Haritan

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