Cilantro-Lime Bluegills with Garlic Butter

There seems to be no shortage of Bluegills. Anglers in my home state of Indiana pull in thousands of them per day and there’s always another mess to boat tomorrow. The fish is ubiquitous in North America, which leads to this very common native fish to be rather overlooked. It’s much more exciting to nab …

Cracking Black Walnuts

Read my GRIT magazine article on breaking down the barriers to Black Walnuts by clicking the graphic below!

There are thousands of wonderful edible wild plants where I live here in Indiana but wild sources of starches can be a bit tricky to come by. Proteins, fruits, and vegetables are easy to find but the starches, not so much. Acorns can help fill the gap. If you are interested in learning about the process, I …

I know, I know. I never shut up about Mulberries.

Mulberries are one of my all time favorite fruits. They are amazingly nutritious, tasty and in no short supply. I recently had an article published on collecting mulberries in the print version of GRIT magazine. If you prefer, you can read the online version on GRIT’s website here: http://www.grit.com/farm-and-garden/orchards/mysterious-mulberries-zm0z16ndztri

Taking the Sting out of Nettles

For years I passed up stinging nettles when I would be out gathering spring greens. Though they are quite plentiful in my area, I always let them be. Shuddering from memories of my childhood summers, running through the woods and coming home with puffy, red, swollen legs from stings of adult nettle plants, I assumed …

Discovering Indiana Paw Paws

A friend of mine and her husband recently acquired some acreage in rural Indiana and set out on the great adventure of discovering the bounty of the natural landscape of the land of which they were now the stewards. They’d heard of paw paws, as I’m sure every Hoosier has, and even knew some of …

Joe Steele, a Man of Morels

I have spent countless hours in the woods in search of this elusive beast we call the Morel mushroom. The coveted creme de la creme of wild fungi that seems to motivate people, who do not consider themselves foragers, to scour the woods with a fine toothed comb every spring. Maybe it’s the fact that …

Kentucky Coffee Tree, a Mammoth Discovery

The Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioicus) gets its common name from the discovery that an extremely convincing coffee-like beverage can be brewed from its roasted seeds. During the revolutionary and civil wars soldiers that were cut off from supply chains found comfort in a hot cup o’ Joe made from these legumes. This beverage was in …

Wild Asparagus Out of Season

I am a drive by asparagus forager. I might make my way to gather it up on foot, but I typically spot it from the car, usually adult plants and almost always way out of season. My big brother, Kyle, taught me this technique and it has proven effective time and again.   Here in …