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Wild Edibles

07/24/08 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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Nova Kim and Les Hook
For most people, a hike through the woods is just a hike. But for some Vermonters it can be like a trip to the grocery store. Wild edible foragers pull everything from the obvious mushrooms and berries, to obscure greens, roots, and barks. We talk with two foraging experts, Les Hook and Nova Kim, who supply restaurants around the state with their findings, and lead educational workshops. (Listen)

 

Then, a group of conservation biologists from the island of Hispaniola spent the last three weeks in Vermont exploring U.S. bird conservation programs and learning skills to take back to their countries. We talked with them, and with their host, Vermont Center for Ecostudies Director Chris Rimmer, about some of the challenges they face in their home countries. (Listen)

 

And we visit a Brownsville woman whose sport of choice is horse carriage driving. This summer, she’ll be one of only five Americans traveling to Poland to compete in the Combined Driving Single Horse World Championships. (Listen)

 

 

 

 

Emails from Listeners--

Phillip in Barnard-

Great to hear you both on Vermont edition! At Twin Farms in Barnard, we are
part of Les and Nova's CSA for wildcrafted foods and I cannot say enough
about the beauty and diversity of the plants they bring us! Its always a
thrill to see them walk through the kitchen with a box of mushrooms or fresh
watercress, mint, and Japanese Knotweed! On behalf of Chef Ted Ask, myself and all the staff and guests, our best regards! Can't wait until your next visit!

Email from Stan-

Purslane can be used in salads. Use only the fatty green leaves. Suggestion: mash a clove of garlic, add juice of 1/2 lemon with salt to taste. Add tomato, cucumber, parsley,green peppers and purslaine leaves. You can toast up some pita bread, break it up and add at the end. Drizzle some olive oil. Dried sumac is optional. This is a classic Lebanese peasant salad called "fattoush".
 
Meredith in Middletown Springs-
My Mother in-law who's family is from Italy, grew up in South Jersey, and whenever she was coming home late because she was at the movies or visiting friends, she would not get in trouble if she brought home a mushroom, or at least information on where to find one.

 

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