Welcome to the second 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.
I’m getting pretty excited about this year’s maple sugaring season, and I’ll bet that more than a few of you are feeling that excitement, too. Here are 12 interesting (random, maybe?) facts pertaining to maple sap and syrup that you may or may not have known.
A Pittsburgh native currently living in New York City is interviewed to discuss Los Angeles mushroom hunting (yes, he’s that good). Of course, I am referring to none other than our hometown hero, Gary Lincoff.
If you’ve foraged in deciduous woodlands containing ash trees, you’ve most likely seen damage caused by the emerald ash borer. New evidence shows that ash trees aren’t the only victims. The white fringetree, a species native to the Eastern United States, appears to be the new target.
Let’s look to the oceans for wild medicine. Venom from cone snails may hold promise in treating cancer and nicotine addiction.
Eat your invasives! In the United States, non-native plants are much more widespread in their distribution compared to native plants, and it looks like the trend is only going to continue.
Speaking of invasives, at least one national park is using goats to improve the situation.
In case you were interested, crocodile bile may not be toxic after all. Before you imbibe, however, know this: Crocodile bile has been implicated in over 70 deaths at a recent Mozambique funeral. Best to wait until the tests come back, I’d advise.
Milkweed is declining in numbers (thanks, conventional agriculture), and in an effort to protect the monarch butterfly’s habitat, concerned individuals are planting milkweed… the wrong kind of milkweed. Read how this is actually causing more damage to the ecological balance, and what you can do to fix it.
Bone broth made with wild medicinal mushrooms? Yes, Three Lily Farm is taking it to the next level… and beyond.
I hope you haven’t eaten your entire stash of acorns just yet! Hunger And Thirst shows us how to make acorn mole.
It’s a bit too early for cattail flowers, though oyster mushrooms can still be found here in western Pennsylvania. In preparation for spring (or if you have flowers preserved), check out what The 3 Foragers are doing: Cattail griddlecakes with fresh oyster mushrooms.
That’s it for this edition! Thanks for reading!
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