Winter


Nutritious stinging nettles, just mind the stingers.

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, […]


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 […]

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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 […]


Shivery March Means More Maple Sap 1

Staten Island, NY. I’ll admit it–while this week’s cold spell sent many complaining New Yorkers scrambling for their winter coats again, I was wildly, deliriously happy. Daytime temps dropping to the 40s with freezing evening temperatures can only mean good things for our city maple sugaring project (Urban Forager: Maple […]

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