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FROM OUR RECIPE ARCHIVES: Autumn-Olive Jam

From August to early November, autumn-olive trees around the city are loaded with red currant-like berries, easily identifiable by their silver-stippled skins. In our current issue, Marie Viljoen shares tips for where to find the trees, when to taste the berries and how to turn the sweetly tart fruit into luscious autumn-olive jam.

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3 Foraging Walks on the Wild Side (of NYC)

In foraging terms, May is super-charged. Plants are falling over one another to pop out of the ground. Some of the best-tasting wild edible plants can be spotted all over the city within the next four weeks.

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IN OUR CURRENT ISSUE: Foraging for Autumn-Olives

In our current issue Marie Viljoen introduces us to yet another delicious and abundant invasive plant taking over the city. Autumn-olives–no relation to the green things in your martini–are exquisite to eat, with a tart sweetness somewhere between a red currant and a pie cherry.

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Foraging Walk: Inwood Hill Park

We will walk under the soaring tulip poplars, and through the shadow of the valley of spicebush. We will discover carpets of edible invasives like garlic mustard, nettles, and daylilies… Come prepared for a relatively brisk walk that includes hills and some rough paths. Your reward will be a wild foods tasting picnic, enjoyed either in the forest or beside the water.

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