Edible Wild Plants

Creeping Bellflower: The Purple Monster

July 8, 2014 lawanda Magazine Columns

Here’s what happened.  When my husband and I moved to our current home twenty-three years ago, it was beautifully landscaped with many flowers, shrubs and trees, most of which I couldn’t identify.  One pretty little purple flower that I eventually identified was called creeping bellflower.  I thought it an odd name, since it didn’t appear […]

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Red Clover: More Than Just a Weed

May 13, 2014 lawanda Magazine Columns

These are the things I knew about red clover before I began research for this column: You can pluck the tiny tubular flowers from the flower head and suck on the inside end for a sweet surprise. Red clover is one of four ingredients in Essiac tea, developed by a Canadian Ojibwa Indian nurse in […]

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Black Walnuts

January 12, 2014 lawanda Magazine Columns

Most foods foraged from the forest, prairie and marsh are carbohydrates – vegetables or fruits.  In contrast, nuts are high in protein and will provide long-lasting energy. I’ll tell you right off that there’s a lot of work between harvesting black walnuts and eating them.  So if you’re the lazy type, don’t even get started.  […]

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Elderberry

September 5, 2013 lawanda Magazine Columns

Elderberry is a mostly forgotten shrub, often considered a weed along roads and trail sides, ditches and hedgerows.  The abundance of other sweeter, larger berries in grocery stores and farmer’s markets has made them borderline obsolete.    But that’s just why they are special.  You won’t find fresh, frozen or canned elderberries for sale commercially.  If […]

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Milkweeds

July 9, 2013 lawanda Magazine Columns

Just about every Wisconsin kid is able to identify the milkweed plant with its soft, fluffy, white seeds exploding from its pods in fall.  And most Midwest kids and adults can recognize the monarch butterfly.   In second or third grade, schoolchildren learn that milkweed leaves are the one and only food that monarch butterfly larvae […]

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Daylilies: Invasive But Tasty

May 14, 2013 lawanda Magazine Columns

You’ve seen them lining ditches along Wisconsin highways in mid-summer.  Big patches of orange daylilies on tall stems that reach for the sky.  You probably noticed them, but never gave a thought to whether they might be invasive or not.  It’s even less likely that you considered that they might be something you could harvest […]

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Wild Leeks: The First Vegetable Out of the Woods in Spring

January 11, 2013 lawanda Magazine Columns

They’re not much to look at.  If you’ve walked through the woods in late April or early May you probably tramped right past them while your eyes were drawn to the beauty of the spring-blooming trilliums, marsh marigolds, bloodroot, hepatica and anemone.  But if you’re looking for food in the woods in spring, wild leeks […]

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Harvest It Yourself, But Be Careful!

November 20, 2012 lawanda Magazine Columns

Hunters, fishermen and gardeners know the deep satisfaction that is found in providing food for the table that wasn’t purchased at the grocery store.  Food that you’ve harvested yourself is in most cases better tasting and more nutritious than food that’s traveled thousands of miles wrapped in plastic in the back of a refrigerated truck […]

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Carrion Flower: It Stinks, But It's Edible

August 16, 2012 lawanda Magazine Columns

If you’ve been reading the “Plant Matters” column in Badger Sportsman for a while, you may have noticed that the topics have been alternating between edible plants and invasive plants.  If you remember last issue’s article on wild parsnip, you may have thought that I’ve gone off pattern when you read the title of this […]

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Plantain: Weed, Food and Medicine

May 24, 2012 lawanda Magazine Columns

Plantain is really ugly when it grows in the middle of a nice grassy lawn.  Its wide oval-shaped, deeply veined leaves and that irritating greenish flower spike that pops up in the middle of the plant seemingly overnight can really ruin a good view. Plantain has been annoying people since the first Europeans landed on […]

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