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Gruit beer, which is beer made without hops, or with hops as a minor addition, is an ancient practice that deserves to be revived using the wild edible plants all around us.
Beer. That Without Which We Are Nothing. In this week’s episode of Hunt Gather Talk, I talk with beer expert and former professional brewer Rick Sellers about getting the wild into your homebrew, whether it’s wild yeasts or foraged ingredients in your beers.
Bracken fern lives all over the world. And most every place it lives, people eat it. Yet it’s recently been branded as a carcinogen. That seems to be true, but like all things, the poison’s in the dose.
Cholla buds are edible, believe it or not. Here’s how to harvest, prepare, store and eat the buds from the cholla cactus, which live in the American Southwest.
Every spring I have a brief fling with my illicit lover, Amanita velosa. She is the sweetest, most lovely mushroom I’ve ever eaten, and I spend long hours looking for her. Here’s how to safely identify this mushroom, and how to cook it.
In this episode of Hunt Gather Talk, herbalist Rebecca Altman of King’s Road Apothecary and I introduce you to herbal medicine. We walk you through basic stuff that actually works. Neither of us are crystal worshiping woo-woo juju people. These are real tips for down to earth people.
It is time to harvest nettles here in NorCal, and the first thing I make with them each year is a lurid green nettle pesto to put on pasta or mix into rice or spread on bread.
Spring is here in NorCal. Normally I feel bad about it, almost ashamed. After all, so many of you are still locked in winter, and will be for months. But this is my reality. And I embrace it. In this episode I talk about early spring foraging, the end of hunting seasons and embracing transition in your life.