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How to Identify Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

Poison ivy, oak and sumac rashes can be painful and dangerous. To avoid them, in this post we’ll talk about how to identify poison ivy, oak and sumac. It sounds obvious – everyone knows what poison ivy looks like, right? Unfortunately, no. “Leaves of three, leave them be” is a useful saying, but that only …

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Foraging For Shiso (Japanese Basil)

Foraging for Shiso (or Perilla, or beefsteak plant, or Japanese Basil) is easy and fun! Shiso, in the mint family, is easy to identify, delicious, and has spread to grow in the wild. It is often used in Japan as seasoning, in salads, for pickling, or wrapped around sashimi. I discovered Shiso in typical homesteading …

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6 Edible Weeds You Can Forage in Your Own Backyard

Edible weeds can be found right in your own backyard – if you know where to look! I love the idea of edible weeds. They’re things you would pull up anyway from your garden beds, but they don’t have to go to waste. You can either feed them to your chickens and reduce your poultry …

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7 Health Benefits of Chanterelle Mushrooms

Chanterelle mushrooms are not only delicious, they’re also medicinal! I’ve gathered the health benefits of chanterelle mushrooms for you for the next time you go foraging. For a full breakdown on where to find chanterelles, and how to avoid dangerous look alikes, check out my post: How to Forage for Chanterelles. Because chanterelles have been …

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How to Forage for Chanterelle Mushrooms

One of the best Fall forages are chanterelle mushrooms! If you’re new to foraging, in this post I’ll go over how to forage for chanterelles. Unlike other species of mushrooms, chanterelles have a sweet, fruity, pleasant smell (slightly like apricot) & are very delicious! They grow around late Summer into early Fall. During this time …

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