Chestnut Herbal School

Perennial Vegetables

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]
Daylily flower

The Delectable Daylily

The daylily is not only a versatile wild edible, but a beautiful and easy-to-grow perennial garden flower. It is native to Asia and has escaped cultivation over most of eastern North America. Daylily is a familiar sight alongside streams, roadsides, and fences. Chances are you are already living close to a patch of this showy member of the Xanthorrhoeaceae family.