This week Rebecca and I went on a conifer gathering trip to the mountains just beyond LA. We nibbled on a few wild rose hips along the way — so full of sweetness after a frost! Sadly, our beloved white fir trees haven’t fared too well in the drought, and we decided not to gather any. It may seem strange, but the act of not gathering can be one of the most important aspects of wildcrafting or mindful foraging. Of course it is not fun to go home empty-handed, but it means you have taken the time to deepen your relationship with the world around you.
Some other things that caught my attention this week…
Bitter + sweet (Hawthorn and orange bitters) – Cauldrons & Crockpots
These are easy to make, delicious, and a nice thing to take a few drops of before meals to help with the digestion factor.
Ginger Tea Benefits – Methow Valley Herbs
The health benefits of ginger are amazing. But to get the most benefits of ginger root, you’ll need to understand how to match ginger’s warming and spicy qualities with a specific person.
How to Make Matthew Biancaniello’s Coffee-Infused Cynar – Caroline On Crack at LA Mag
Surprisingly the bitterness of coffee doesn’t amplify the spirit’s own bitterness, rather it rounds it out. And the two are a natural fit.
Lens and Larder – America Village
My task – To identify and talk about Bog Myrtle (Sweet Gale – Myrica Gale) on a foraging walk in the morning and to create tasty, enticing, craft cocktails, all with an element of Bog Myrtle, in the early evening.
Psychedelic plants: The inner beauty of common species – New Scientist
If you think “garlic” and “beauty” don’t belong in the same sentence, take a closer look at a magnified view of a tiny slice of the plant’s stem
The Secrets Botanists Keep – Laurel Allen at Modern Farmer
Secrecy isn’t a solution. With training and education, we could use non-secrecy as a way to defend these plants.
Have a marvelous weekend!