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Harvesting and Preparing Prickly Pear Fruit

Yesterday I harvested some prickly pear fruits, also known as "tunas" or sabras. These are the fruits of cacti in the Opuntia genus. As you ...

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Fermented Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

Our garden is overrun with tiny cherry tomatoes. We're not keeping up with them. As delicious as they are to pop into my mouth raw, I wanted to ...

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Lacto-fermentation – What It Is and How It Works

Lacto-fermentation is the process that produces traditional dill pickles, kimchi and real sauerkraut. It takes nothing more than salt, vegetables ...

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How to Make Mosto Cotto (Vino Cotto Recipe)

Also called vino cotto, saba, and petimezi, mosto cotto means “cooked must.” The “must” is smashed grapes that in this case are cooked ...

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Tangy Sumac Extract, Cocktails, & Popsicles

I’m not usually a big fan of fuzzy food. But by the time I’ve turned sumac’s hairy berries into a lemony, rosy extract, the fuzz factor is gone ...

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Purslane Relish Recipe

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is sold as a gourmet vegetable in France and on the steps of the Old City in Jerusalem...and yanked out of gardens ...

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Foraging for Prickly Pears and Recipe for Nopales with Scrambled Eggs

Prickly pear cactus is most famous for its edible fruits, sometimes called "tunas" or sabras. I love prickly pear fruit and have a video about ...

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Pickled Sushi Ginger (Gari) Recipe with Shiso

If you make your own sushi and sashimi, then you owe it to yourself to make your own pickled ginger, or gari, to go with it. I used purple shiso ...

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Foraging Plantain Leaves for Food and Medicine (no, not THAT plant…)

No relation to the tropical, banana-like plant with the same name, plantain is a common weed with edible leaves and seeds. It is also one of the ...

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Foraging Tour in Jerusalem with Leda Meredith

On Friday, July 10th I'll be leading a wild edible and medicinal plants foraging tour in the Ramot Forest of Jerusalem. Learn how to identify, ...

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Northeast Foraging Book Giveaway

"Leda Meredith has produced the best foraging guide for the Northeast–a book that wild food gatherers of all skill levels will want to ...

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Pineappleweed Cordial Recipe – Wild Plant Mixology

Pineappleweed cordial is one of my hands-down favorite beverages. To quote my dad, "This is one of the best cocktails I've had in a long ...

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Foraging for Japanese Knotweed

Heading back from the North Carolina Wild Foods Weekend. Had a fantastic time hanging out with fellow expert foragers including Sam Thayer and Mike ...

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Sorrel Soup Recipe

Whether you use wild or cultivated sorrel, the plant's pleasantly sour taste transforms simple soup and sauce recipes like this one from simple to ...

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Clover Blossom Spoonbread Recipe

Spoonbread is a cross between cornbread and a souffle. It is creamy enough to warrant eating it with a spoon, hence the name. In this version, clover ...

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Foraging with Christopher McDougall for Natural Born Heroes

Twice now I've had the chance to go foraging with Born to Run's bestselling author Christopher McDougall. He was a novice as far as edible wild ...

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Pickled Jerusalem Artichokes

Crisp, sweet, spicy, and sour, these pickled Jerusalem artichoke tubers are a tasty snack on their own. They are also excellent served alongside ...

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Henbit Noodles with Creamy Wild Mushroom Sauce

Here's a recipe to go with what I posted a couple of days ago about winter-hardy henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) and related edible Lamiums. A ...

Mallow Leaf & White Bean Burgers – Vegan Recipe

Happy 2015! Instead of egg, this recipe for vegan bean burgers uses mallow leaves and mushrooms to bind the other ingredients. Where am I foraging ...

Mallow Leaf & White Bean Burgers – Vegan Recipe

Happy 2015! Instead of egg, this recipe for vegan bean burgers uses mallow leaves and mushrooms to bind the other ingredients. Where am I foraging ...

Solstice Sauce

Whether you're celebrating the Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, or some other holiday, I hope you're finding time during these long nights and short ...

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Pickled Carrots with Ginger and Coriander

I showed up at the Sunnyside Greenmarket with copies of Preserving Everything: Can, Culture, Pickle, Freeze, Ferment, Dehydrate, Salt, Smoke...and ...

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Ginkgo Season is Here

Yesterday I saw (and smelled) the first ripe ginkgo fruits hitting the ground. Once you get past the stinky orange pulp there's a culinary treat in ...

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Food Justice and the People’s Climate March

Yesterday's People's Climate March in NYC exceeded all expectations. We were hoping for maybe 100,000. 310,000 showed up. I was there marching with ...

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The People’s Climate March is Today!

The buzz is that as many as 100,000 people will be marching in the People's Climate March in NYC today, and I will be one of them! I'll be marching ...

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Thank You Pickles

One of the first things I did when I arrived at my temporary home was make pickles. I was staying on Manhattan's Upper West Side for two weeks to ...

Discount Code for Today’s Foraging Tour in Central Park

There are still spots available on today's foraging tour. We'll be looking for late summer fruits including hawthorn, cornelian cherry, and kousa ...

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Foraging Tour This Saturday in Central Park!

Join me this Saturday for a wild edible and medicinal plants foraging tour in Central Park, NYC from 12 - 2 p.m. The hawthorn fruits, cornelian ...

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A Mediterranean Summer (capers and sumac and grapes, oh my!)

I've already put up some grape leaves for future dolmathes. And the caper project (or as Ellen dubbed it, The Caper Caper) is winding down just as ...

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Collecting and Curing Wild Capers

I've enlisted my boyfriend Ricky to help collect capers. Capers are the pickled, or sometimes salt-cured, unopened flower buds of Capparis spinosa, a ...

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Free Slow Food NYC Event

Tomorrow night (Thursday, May 15th) there's a Slow Food NYC event at The Farm on Adderley restaurant. It's free, and you don't have to be a Slow Food ...

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Northeast Foraging…and Is It Spring Yet?

The magnolias are in peak bloom, many of the cherry blossoms have opened, the daffodils are showing off...but seriously folks, there was snow on the ...

Good-bye, Brooklyn, and Hello, Northeast Foraging

Just over a week ago two extraordinary things happened in my life: I moved out of Brooklyn, which was my home for almost two decades, and I received ...

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My Transcontinental Pressure Canner

Notice anything odd about this photo of my suitcase while I was packing it for a recent trip from Brooklyn to California, and then back to NY ...

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Cold Weather Foraging

As temps drop, I'm gearing my Mother Earth News foraging blog towards plants that can be harvested even when nights are below freezing. Here's the ...

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Something for Nothing Recipes

I love something for nothing recipes so much that I'm considering writing a whole book full of them (okay, not until after I finish writing the ...

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Holiday Recipes from Leda’s Urban Homestead

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I'm in a holiday prep state of mind. Here's some of the stuff I've been experimenting with in the kitchen. I've ...

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Seasonal Shift

Although I consider myself a summer child most comfortable in warm breezes, scant clothing, and bare toes, over three decades in the Northeast have ...

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Foraging Frenzy

I've been busy, busy, busy writing about foraging, teaching foraging, making videos about foraging, and I even managed to sneak in some actual ...

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From Elderberries to Wild Figs

I'm on the road for a last few weeks of summer travels before strapping in for my fall schedule of foraging tours and other workshops. Along with ...

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Breakfast with Cesar – Smokin’!

We met Cesar at 6:30 a.m. in the Ramot Forest of Jerusalem. The intention was for him to show us how he smokes fish. While the fish started its long ...

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Edible Wild Plant Videos

The past month I've been busy teaching foraging, writing about foraging, and, well, actually foraging for edible wild plants. I love it that I rarely ...

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Keeping Up with the Forager’s Feast

You can see my fingers through the recently unfurled linden leaf (Tilia a.k.a. basswood tree), right? At this translucent, young stage they are one ...

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Hello, Spring

This spring has been on the chilly side, especially compared to last year's warm temps. But the last of the crocuses are blooming, the daffodils ...

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Food with Friends

We're so close to spring, and yet still looking at the same few wild winter crops like winter cress and evening primrose plus cold-hearty cultivated ...

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6 Ways to Make Eating Local in Winter Convenient, Cheap & Interesting

1. Never run out of onions or garlic. Too many recipes require them, and the local harvests of them are available in many places year-round. But if ...

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Ancient Herbals, Wild Edibles, Aphrodisiacs, and Other Interesting Stuff

Okay, folks, this is a shameless promo post: I finally got around to updating my upcoming classes and events page. Very cool stuff coming up, if I do ...

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Locavore Food Gifts for the Holidays

My freezer is less of an avalanche threat than it was a month ago. I've used up some of its stored haul of locally grown and foraged ingredients by ...

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Stranger in a Strange Land

A few of you have asked whether I try to eat local when I'm travelling. Absolutely!  I think it's just plain culinary common sense to eat local ...

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Foraging and Feasting

There are only a few weeks left to photograph the rest of the plants I need for the field guide I'm working on. Most of them will go dormant for the ...

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Locavore Challenges

Vegetarians may want to skim past this first bit and pick up again near the tomatoes. Today was Day One of Northeast Organic Farming Association - ...

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Summer’s Home Stretch

This post is going to be a quick sharing of food preservation and foraging recipes and info because, well, that's what I'm up to in these final days ...

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Summer's Home Stretch

This post is going to be a quick sharing of food preservation and foraging recipes and info because, well, that's what I'm up to in these final days ...

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Ate It

I was going to show you this awesome dinner plate of  a Caprese salad with a mix of tomatoes and cheese from my CSA plus basil from my garden, the ...

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Summer Travels

Can you guess which part of this summer's vacation made me whoop with excitement? Okay, I did whoop a little from the shock of the temperature of ...

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Soggy & Clandestine Foraging

A couple of nights ago I posted on Facebook and Twitter the following update: Gotta be out the door at sunrise to do something soggy and vaguely ...

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Foraging Tour Discount!

Looking for something fun and different to do this weekend? You can get a $5 discount on tomorrow's foraging tour (Sat. June 30) by entering the ...

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Forager’s Log – 1st Week of June, 2012

If you were walking down the street with me this afternoon in Park Slope, Brooklyn, I was that woman with a silly grin on her face and a definite ...

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Forager's Log – 1st Week of June, 2012

If you were walking down the street with me this afternoon in Park Slope, Brooklyn, I was that woman with a silly grin on her face and a definite ...

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Bellagio to Brooklyn

Eight days ago I was in Bellagio, Italy with Ricky. Now I'm back in Brooklyn and full steam ahead with my summer schedule of foraging tours, ...