Chestnut Herbal School

Wild Foods

Cherry Chipotle Nopales Salsa and the Medicine of Prickly Pear

Cherry Chipotle Nopales Salsa and the Medicine of Prickly PearWritten and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor Cherry Calendula Nopales Salsa Salsa ingredients Ingredients: 2 medium tomatoes 2 medium sized nopales (cactus pads) * ½ sweet onion 1 cup black cherries ⅛ teaspoon sea salt 1⁄10 teaspoon chipotle powder 2 limes ¼ of a small bunch of cilantro [...]

Daylily greens garlic butter saute

Daylily Greens Garlic Butter SauteWritten and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor Daylily greens Lime-green succulent spears of winter’s released slumber, daylily greens are a relished early spring wild green. Daylily’s pleasant mild flavor is excellent paired with the more pungent creasy greens or wild turnip. To prolong the season, cut the greens right at the ground, [...]

Cold Season Wild Greens and Pecan Feta Wild Greens Pesto

Cold Season Wild Greens and Pecan Feta Wild Greens PestoWritten and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor Creasy greens Creasy greens (Barbarea verna, Brassicaceae), also known as wintercress, is a common weed in the Southeast and the pacific Northwest. Its close relative, Barbarea vulgaris, has a more widespread distribution, occurring throughout most of temperate North America. Here in the southern [...]

Chestnut Harvest

Chestnut HarvestWritten and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor Chinese chestnuts freshly picked and washed - Chinese chestnuts (Castanea mollissima, Fagaceae) are a common yard tree in the southern Appalachians, and can easily be found this time of year, with their spiny burrs and nuts falling from the trees. - - The Chinese Chestnut is not affected [...]

Partridge Berry

Partridge BerryWritten and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor Mitchella repens in fruit; notice the two "eyes", which are the evidence of the two flowers sharing an ovary to form one fruit. - Partridge berry is an evergreen trailing vine which stays close to the ground as it weaves its way over the roots of hemlocks and [...]

Lamb’s Quarters

Lamb's Quarters: How to Cultivate, Harvest & Prepare this Nutritious & Delicious Wild PlantWritten and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor -   Lamb's quarters (Chenopodium album) - Lamb’s quarters is one of the most common weeds in gardens, backyards, and fallow fields, following human habitation closely. Like other opportunistic plants, it thrives on the disturbed ground [...]

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)Written and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor - Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata, Brassicaceae) is one of our earlier wild spring greens. With a flavor slightly reminiscent of mild arugula and roasted garlic, it makes a nice addition in salads with milder wild greens like chickweed and violets. I find that its flavor doesn’t [...]

Wild Greens Bagel

Wild Greens BagelWritten and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor - One of my favorite breakfast dishes; a heart-friendly, wild foods/herbal version of the classic toasted bagel—Violet leaves and flowers and chickweed greens with a raw garlic olive oil sauce atop a whole grain bagel. Both chickweed and violets are rich in anti-oxidant vitamins and the violet [...]

Purple Dead Nettle

Purple Dead Nettle (Lamium purpureum)Written and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor - Yesterday we had a wild greens salad with dead nettles as one of the primary ingredients, thanks to one of my enterprising apprentices. Dead nettles  (Lamium purpureum, Lamiaceae) is one of the first plants to flower in the southeast; sometimes even in January. Native [...]