Summer


Brewing Stinging Nettles for National Hot Tea Month

New York, NY—I love a warm cup of verdant stinging nettles tea, especially on a cold winter’s day. The plant is difficult to find in NYC though, because it loves a really wet climate (hint: it’s usually found near water). I usually forage for stinging or common nettles in England, […]

Nutritious stinging nettles, just mind the stingers.

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Celebrate National Hot Tea Month with a Wild Tea Brew

  New York, NY—I’ve been a fan of tea and medicinal brews ever since I was a kid in Flushing, Queens. Growing up in a Chinese family, my favorite cha was the red tea po-nay or puerrh, which we drank with dim sum. Since January is National Hot Tea Month, I […]


Garlic Mustard Meets Marsh Lamb 3

Romney Marsh, England. We arrived on the family homestead in England’s south-eastern coast a few weeks ago, and to shake off the jet-lag, took a walk in the nearby woods. There, by the train tracks, while my fiance and our baby waved to the steam train heading towards Dungeness, I […]

Garlic Mustard aka Sauce Alone

Early flowering chickweed

Chickweed, In Flower

Staten Island, NY. With the balmy temperatures we’ve been experiencing in the city this winter, perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised to find tenacious chickweed (Stellaria media) with its corn-like flavoring in flower so early this season. Last week, campus was filled with the tiny green ground cover and its […]


In the Studio at WNYC’s “All Things Considered”

New York, NY. I was thrilled to be in the studio again on WNYC’s “All Things Considered” with Amy Eddings discussing summer wineberries. The “Last Chance Foods” segment highlights all things fun and foodie, and you can find our conversation here. I always bring Amy some wild food to sample, […]

Summer jewel. (Photo by Ava Chin)

Chin lecturing on wineberries

Summer Wineberries 2

Staten Island, NY. Love this summer fruit, which I just wrote about for the Urban Forager (“wineberries“). Tart, juicy, and thimble-shaped, wineberries taste like a blood orange infused with a shot of raspberry. Because the temps have been so ferocious this month, they seem to have peaked early, but if […]