The Forager’s: Foraging for Summertime Herbs

Go beyond the confines of the garden and into the wild to find some of nature's most valuable medicine. Summer is the perfect time to stock up on nature's healing gifts. But all too often we walk right by these treasures, not recognizing them as valuable plants. Learning how to identify and then use a … Continue reading The Forager’s: Foraging for Summertime Herbs

Sustainable Harvest of Wild Plant Populations

Introduction Harvesting plant resources from wild populations have a number of benefits. For many medicinal and aromatic species, wild material is thought to be qualitatively superior to cultivated stock because plants that grow in natural, more adverse environments typically produce increased amounts of secondary metabolites.1 Wild-harvested plants frequently provide an important source of income for local … Continue reading Sustainable Harvest of Wild Plant Populations

The Forager’s: Skunkbush Profile

Rhus trilobata Also, Known As: Aromatic Sumac Basketbush Fragrant Sumac Ill-scented Sumac Scented Sumac Skunkbush Skunkbush Sumac Squawbush Skunkbush (scientific name Rhus trilobata) is a low-growing, bushy shrub belonging to the sumac genus. Also known as sour berry or three-leaf sumac, it grows up to a height of anything between 2 feet and 6 feet. … Continue reading The Forager’s: Skunkbush Profile