Hand-Feeding Chickadees (Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin by Hugh Wiberg

By Hugh Wiberg

Due to the fact that 1973, Storey's nation knowledge announcements have provided sensible, hands-on directions designed to assist readers grasp dozens of kingdom residing talents quick and simply. There are actually greater than a hundred and seventy titles during this sequence, and their outstanding recognition displays the typical hope of kingdom and town dwellers alike to domesticate own independence in way of life.

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The steamed leaves are great added to a plate of pasta, then tossed. Lamb’s-quarters Lamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium album) may be the greatest treasure you’ll ever find. Its genus name in Latin means “goosefooted plant” (hence another nickname, goosefoot). Album refers to the white “bloom” or dust that looks like talcum powder on the leaf surfaces close to the stem. indd 17 17 2/25/10 11:14 AM called in Appalachia for the animal’s preference for it, is a veritable treasure. In some places it’s known as wild spinach.

Good mayonnaise or butter. To this mixture add 1 small crushed clove garlic and about 1 Tbsp. shaved onion. indd 36 2/25/10 11:14 AM cucumber is good, too. Add the chopped watercress and beat until blended. Add pepper to taste. Stand a loaf of soft white sandwich bread upright on the counter, out of its wrap, and gently shave off the crusts on all sides with a serrated knife, sawing slowly down from top to bottom. Then, smear each square with some of the mixture, and gently roll each into a cylinder.

In my opinion, ramps do you no more harm, fragrantly speaking, than garlic does. Ramps grow from Nova Scotia to Georgia, from the Atlantic to the Midwest. All the alliums are high in vitamin C, which is often missing in traditional winter diets. indd 38 2/25/10 11:14 AM instinctively craved these greens when they appeared in the spring, which was the body’s way of stocking up. Use both the bulbs and the leaves of ramps. They grow in rich hardwood forests, especially maple, beech, and hemlock. They start in early spring, with rolledup, quill-like foliage that flattens to long green leaves about an inch and a half wide and eight inches or so high.

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