Urban Forager


Garlic Mustard aka Sauce Alone

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 […]


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 […]


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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