Endangered Edibles: a Gift from Indigenous Peoples and the Amazon Rainforest

In a previous post, I wrote about my experiences traveling into the Amazon rainforest. A year before my trip to South America, I traveled to Mexico! I had enrolled in a class called Ecosystem Restoration at SUNY-ESF. The hook for me was an advertised trip to visit the Lacandon Mayan people. I’ll attempt in thisContinue reading “Endangered Edibles: a Gift from Indigenous Peoples and the Amazon Rainforest”

Endangered Edibles: How Wild Foods Contribute to Overall Health Parameters

I’ve been thinking about how wild foods contribute to one’s health. Further questions have arisen over the years, as i’ve contemplated this tremendously important topic. Examples of these internal questions are: Do I need to live outdoors every night to be healthy?Do I need to get sunlight on my skin as I walk 10 milesContinue reading “Endangered Edibles: How Wild Foods Contribute to Overall Health Parameters”

Endangered Edibles: What One Man Chose to Save During a 28-month Nazi Invasion

Prior to the end of World War II in Europe, a man named Nikolai Vavilov and a group of scientists withstood a 28-month long holdout in the city of Leningrad, Russia. They were ordered to protect over 200,000 samples of rare plants, and to keep them from being confiscated by the Nazis. The Nazis atContinue reading “Endangered Edibles: What One Man Chose to Save During a 28-month Nazi Invasion”

Medicinal Plants of New York: Why white pine is now your favorite supplement!

Eastern white pine or Pinus strobus is one of my go-to plants whenever i’m feeling a bit under the weather. Many people have forgotten that P. strobus is home to many health giving properties that can positively affect our immune system and endocrine system (hormones). In this article, you”ll learn how to identify this tree,Continue reading “Medicinal Plants of New York: Why white pine is now your favorite supplement!”

Edible Plants of New York: Why do cultures around the world cherish the other plantain?

Common plantain, or in Latin, Plantago major is a common weed of lawns, and can be found growing next to common dandelion. However, many people have forgotten about the life-affirming benefits from consuming this plant. You can go out into your backyard to pick the young leaves. When you have enough, you can enjoy themContinue reading “Edible Plants of New York: Why do cultures around the world cherish the other plantain?”

Edible Plants of the Northeast: What are ramps?

Ramps or wild leek are one of my favorite, but relatively rare spring edibles in the northeast. It’s leaves taste to me like a combination of sweet garlic, and soft broccoli. You can watch a recent video of a protect wild leek patch here. When I eat of it’s leaves, I consider myself lucky! I’veContinue reading “Edible Plants of the Northeast: What are ramps?”

Edible Plants of New York: Why does stinging nettle cost so much money?

Stinging-nettle is one of the funniest plants alive. It’s hairs are a deterrent to many creatures (including humans). However, when you get to know and respect this nutritious plant, you’ll be eager and ready to harvest stinging-nettle. Watch my video from today to see this plant from my perspective.A great resource to learn more aboutContinue reading “Edible Plants of New York: Why does stinging nettle cost so much money?”

Edible Plants of New York: Why violets are more nutritious than spinach 

Wild plants are some of the most exciting foods to eat. They are free, nutrient-dense, and fun to gather. In particular during the late spring, leafy greens and flowers are on the menu. Have you ever eaten from a place other than a grocery store, a restaurant, or a deli? Do you know who yourContinue reading “Edible Plants of New York: Why violets are more nutritious than spinach “

Edible Plants of New York: Why I think garlic-mustard is one of the best underestimated superfoods

Garlic-mustard is one of my favorite plants. A great resource to learn more about local plants in northeast North America, is GoBotany! Here is some ways that the organization describes garlic-mustard: Latin name: Alliaria petiolata (Bieb.) Cavara & Grande Facts: Garlic-mustard is an invasive species originating in Eurasia and rapidly spreading through much of North America. It was originally imported inContinue reading “Edible Plants of New York: Why I think garlic-mustard is one of the best underestimated superfoods”

Why I Traveled to the Amazon in 2017

Twigs and I decided that we needed to a break, and we wanted to experience some of the last, untouched tribes in the world. Twigs loved researching, so he soon got back to me with news! “I found them! ” I recalled him saying in a paradoxically relaxed tone. “We’re going to visit the AchuarContinue reading “Why I Traveled to the Amazon in 2017”