Edible Wild Plants

Wild Plum (Prunus americana)

May 4, 2017 lawanda Magazine Columns

When the forest is still a dreary brown and gray in April, a graceful spray of white flowers might catch your eye.  These are the flowers of the wild plum.  Wild plum trees and shrubs can be found in prairies, woodlands, pastures, and hedgerows, and along roadsides and riverbanks.  They may be multi-stemmed shrubs or […]

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Evening Primrose

January 10, 2017 lawanda Magazine Columns

If you are male, you’ve likely never heard of evening primrose.  If you are female, you may have, especially if you are interested in natural health remedies.  Without going into detail, evening primrose oil is said to help with a range of “female problems.”  It is also effective for a long list of other maladies […]

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Lotus: It’s What’s for Dinner

September 9, 2016 lawanda Magazine Columns

        In my neck of the woods, or rather, on my bend of the river, it was a bad year for lotus.  Or a good year for lotus.  It depends who you are.  Boaters and fisherman would say it was a bad year; however, nature photographers and lotus plants themselves rejoiced.  Acres of lotus lined […]

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Beautiful Blue Chicory

May 12, 2016 lawanda Magazine Columns

Over the years, plant breeders have spent tremendous amounts of time and money trying to produce flowers that bloom in beautiful blue, but haven’t had much success.   Mother Nature, however, easily hit a home run the first time at bat with chicory.  Its pure sky-blue blooms line the gravelly edges of Wisconsin roadsides, abandoned railroads, […]

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Highbush Cranberries

January 7, 2016 lawanda Magazine Columns

Just twenty counties in central and northern Wisconsin produce more than 60% of our country’s total cranberry harvest.  These cranberries grow on vines in bogs and peat marshes.  It’s impractical for the home grower to attempt to grow cranberries and foragers definitely shouldn’t poach from commercial cranberry bogs.  Fortunately, cranberry lovers can harvest from another […]

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Hazelnuts

September 4, 2015 lawanda Magazine Columns

        The combination of hazelnuts with chocolate is almost as popular as the chocolate/peanut butter combo.  Nutella, the chocolate/hazelnut spread, probably has as many fans as do peanut butter cups. You might be surprised to learn that hazelnuts grow throughout Wisconsin and are found along trails, roadsides, fence rows and woodland edges in dry or […]

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Ginseng

June 24, 2015 lawanda Magazine Columns

The root of the ginseng plant has been used around the world to cure a multitude of ills for hundreds of years.  If you believe everything you read, it cures almost any physical, emotional or spiritual ailment:  exhaustion, fatigue, infirmity, liver disease, stress, wasting from chronic disease, weakness, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, gastritis, high cholesterol, immune […]

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Lunch from the Lawn

June 18, 2015 lawanda Magazine Columns

Lunch from the Lawn By Lawanda Jungwirth No need to run to the grocery store when you need something for lunch. If you haven’t poisoned every weed in your lawn in an effort to make it look like your own personal putting green, there’s a good chance you can find lunch right outside your back […]

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Edible Sumac

February 4, 2015 lawanda Magazine Columns

You’ve probably heard of poison sumac, but it’s not likely that you’ve seen it in Wisconsin.  It’s quite rare here.  No, the sumac that grows in Wisconsin is not poisonous; in fact the young spring shoots and the red berries that ripen in fall are edible.  And it’s from an entirely different plant family than […]

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Shagbark Hickory

September 7, 2014 lawanda Magazine Columns

You’ll have a hard time finding hickory nuts on a grocery store shelf mostly because they are difficult to extract from their shells in large enough pieces to satisfy the picky shopper.  But with a little work and cracking practice, you can harvest bushels of them yourself for free from your favorite shagbark hickory tree. […]

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