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Wild Ground Cherries

August 20th, 2009

One day while reading Skippy’s Garden Blog I came across her post about wild tomatillos. I immediately recognized that I have these growing in my garden. At first I thought they were a weed, but when I saw this post I knew this is what they were. I knew they were members of the nightshade family (like a few other weeds in my gardens).
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I’ve had them growing in my garden for quite a few years, but I’ve never eaten them. I always thought they looked like the ground cherries we grew when I was young. I guess I’ll have to let them mature and see what they are for sure, but I think they’re wild ground cherries.
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I only have one or two plants so I don’t think they’ll produce that much fruit. I found this article on Mother Earth News about them. Looks like some jam may be in my future.

Do you have any wild edibles growing in you gardens?

Berries, Berries & more Berries

July 11th, 2008

While out for a stroll the other morning, I spotted a wild black raspberry bush at the edge of the woods in the back of our lot. There’s nothing better than sun-ripened berries.

I picked a handful of them, then I spotted another bush. There’s something supremely satisfying about finding a berry patch in the woods, I suppose it calls back to our roots as hunter gatherers.

The next day, Mr. Chiots and I walked along the roads by our home and found many more bushes (they don’t spray the ditches around here so they’re safe from herbicides & pesticides). We ended up with 2 1/2 lbs of wild black raspberries, and I’m sure we’ll be out to pick again before they’re all gone.

They’re all tucked away in the freezer waiting to brighten up our winter breakfasts. MMM, I can almost taste the muffins or jelly now.

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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