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TAG : Urban Foraging

Black Walnut Cake Recipe from Grandma

In 2014 we harvested more than 30 pounds of butternuts from neighborhood trees, thinking we’d have some free nuts. The only problem with our plan is that butternuts are notoriously hard to crack and yield only a small meat. With our move and setting up our new homestead last year we never ...

Urban Foraging for Chicken of the Woods

We ate a tree fungus for dinner a few nights ago. It may sound strange, but it was delicious! A friend brought over a large bag full of Laetiporus sulphureus the other night. It’s a mushroom that is commonly known as Chicken of the Woods or the chicken mushroom.Apparently the growing ...

Urban Fruit Foraging

Last year we picked about 25 pounds of apples from two abandoned fruit trees in our city. Both trees were in busy areas, but the free fruit they had was overlooked by everyone who passed by but me, I guess. We didn’t waste any of those apples, eating as many we could stand and canning the ...

Backyard Foraging

Sorry, birds, but sunflower seeds are delicious! We’re waiting for the heads to dry and then we’ll roast the seeds in the oven. Earlier this week we discovered that our backyard quince trees have fruit for the first time. Our own fruit trees on our small homestead, how exciting! We ...

Urban Foraging for a Nut Harvest

For the past five autumns we’ve watched squirrels devour the hundreds of butternuts that fall from the huge butternut trees in our neighborhood. Butternuts have a high oil content, providing a lot of calories to the squirrels in the form of fat and protein. The nuts have a large green husk ...

Canned Apple Pie Filling

I have written about the 25 pounds of apples we gleaned from abandoned local apple trees. Because we have no real root cellar or good cold storage, our next step was to figure out how to preserve them.I looked through Grandma’s 1931 Successful Farming Cookbook and through all of her ...

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