Wild Edible: Black Birch

The Black Birch is an excellent tree to be able to identify because it offers a variety of uses when out on the trail. It is available in most areas of New England stretching from the southern regions of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire down on through to some areas of The Carolinas, Tennessee, and […]

Wintergreen Identification

The Otter Outdoorsman recently posted a video on the identification and uses of Wintergreen.  Thought it would be a nice follow-up to our previous article on Wintergreen and its uses.  Remember that edible and medicinal plant mis-identification can be life threatening if not done properly, so don’t just take our word for it, check various […]

Wild Edible: Kousa Dogwood

Although this edible is not actually wild, it can be commonly found as a decorative tree planted on properties.  The appearance of the fruit on these trees, certainly does not imply that it is edible, but I assure you they are delicious.  The Kousa Dogwood is not native to North America but was imported back […]

Wild Edible: Ramps AKA Wild Leeks or Wild Garlic

When I was a kid, I can remember driving along with my grandfather in a fairly wooded area during the spring and pulling to the side of the road for a walk just off the road into the woods.  Here we would find a vast of green “rabbit ears” as he would say covering the […]

Medicinal Plant: Wintergreen

Wintergreen typically has 3-4 leaves with a light waxy appearance and defined veins.  The plant often has small red berries dangling from under the leaves in spring to early summer.  This plant can be found in shady forest areas and quite common in New England.  The roots of wintergreen are vine-like and spread underground to […]