Author Archives: Leda Meredith

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Wintercress, a cousin of arugula, can be found throughout Brooklyn right now. A Brooklyn winter may have you thinking more of diving into your pantry (or the nearest pub) rather than foraging for fresh fare, ...

 
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According to Wikipedia and a few other sites, “the primrose path” refers to a life of luxury. I’m not sure what that has to do with the primrose that grows wild ...

 
rose hips

Rose hips, the fruit that follows the flower, are delicious. They can be found all over Brooklyn right now. Rose hips are what rose flowers grow up to be: they are the fruit of the ...

 
Spicebush!

Sweet, peppery spicebush is easiest to spot at this time of year, when female spicebush sports bright red berries. Spicebush is abundant in the forested sections of Prospect Park's eastern side. The field ...

 
Cinnabar chanterelles can be found in parks citywide right now. Keep an eye out for their bright orange hue and don't wait - the season only lasts about three weeks.

Cinnabar chanterelles can be found in parks citywide right now. Keep an eye out for their firey orange hue and don't wait - they'll only be around for about three weeks. ...

 
peppergrass

Peppergrass, a native species now often considered a weed, is abundant right now in sunny spots in parks and gardens throughout Brooklyn. Its seedpods hide a slightly spicy, mustardy flavor. By Leda Meredith Black pepper, ...

 
Lamb's Quarters,

Most wild edible greens get all bittered-out by mid-summer. Not the lovely Lamb's Quarters. And they're everywhere. By Leda Meredith I recently saw lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album) for sale ...

 
Mulberries

Mulberry season has arrived in Brooklyn. You'll find them in just about every park in the borough, and on many streets. To spot them, keep an eye out for sections of sidewalk stained ...

 
Red Clover is at its peak in Brooklyn.

by Leda Meredith Red Clover is at its peak in Brooklyn. It’s a blossom. It’s a legume. It’s a medicine. It’s flour to bake with, an infusion ...

 
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by Leda Meredith Edible wild nettles are plentiful in Brooklyn right now. You just might want to grab some gloves before picking them. Ouch! You just accidentally brushed up against some nettles and now your ...

 
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by Leda Meredith Violets can be found now along shady paths in Brooklyn's parks. Both the flowers and young leaves are edible. Violets are in full bloom in BK. I love to see ...

 
Daylily shoots

Daylily shoots and tubers are at the perfect stage for harvesting right now. They can be found in sunny and partially sunny ground in many Brooklyn parks and gardens. by Leda Meredith I love a ...

 
garlic mustard

The mild winter means that wild garlic mustard should be in abundant supply around Brooklyn. With the mild winter we’ve been having in Brooklyn, garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) leaves are still tender and ...

 
Field garlic (Allium vineale) can be found all winter long in Brooklyn's parks.

Field garlic (Allium vineale) can be found all winter long in Brooklyn's parks. There is one wild edible plant that I can count on finding in BK even during the coldest weeks of ...

 
The gnarly sunchoke tuber. Sunchokes can be found in many Brooklyn parks and vacant lots, and they're at their sweetest at this time of year.

The gnarly sunchoke tuber. Sunchokes can be found in many Brooklyn parks and vacant lots, and they're at their sweetest at this time of year. Sunchoke, also called Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) is ...