It was fun while it lasted.

The buds on the trees shot out in a hurry to greet these beautiful days we’ve been having and it was time to pull the taps.

The cooktop was quite busy this week and in all, we ended up with a little over two quarts of the tastiest syrup I’ve ever had…straight from our own backyard.

Why I find this all so exciting is beyond me…but I do.

………..Actually, now that I think about it, maybe I do know why.

  • I was part of the process.
  • I find awe in the things that come from nature.
  • The sap seemed so pure and readily available.
  • It was basically free (if I had only cooked it all over a wood fire..)
  • It was my first time, and it actually turned out…is edible….tastes great…….wasn’t frustrating
  • We did it ourselves, so there’s that whole independent, self-reliant factor.
  • The food/nature connection in and of itself is exciting.
  • It was a memorable learning experience for Madeline.
  • It’s a really fun thing to share and chat about with others.
  • I’ll be sporting a grin every time I pull a jar out of the fridge.

Not bad for the first year and a bit of a late start.

Next edible thing off those trees will be the young, green maple seeds……::)

Hmmmmm, what other ‘wild edibles’ can I can take advantage of from the backyard?  I know I’ll have dandelions here shortly (and spring is prime time for harvesting them while they’re young.)  I believe I’m going to have to get even more adventurous and actually see what all I can make out of those golden beauties this year.  I think I have elderberries somewhere too….

What are you looking forward to enjoying from the ‘wild’?



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  6. Kattya says:

    I’m in the middle of a permaculture design course, and I’m loving every single time they show me something new that I can eat, and I’ve found a few in my own backyard, like smilax tips and such. I can’t wait to bring more native, edible plants in! I have mulberry trees and high bush blueberries on my wishlist.
    My son just asked how long do we have to wait to harvest sap from the little maple in the back. :( not sure it’ll work in Florida, but we have wild grapes and blackberries readily available. In this area, swamp cabbage is a popular “cracker” meal, but I’m afraid to take our only cabbage palm down. Maybe I’ll get a few more of those as well.
    Congrats on your adventure!

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    I gather up chickweed by the armloads for my chickens. They’d rather have chickweed than just about anything else I give them… so in a roundabout way, I give them chickweed, they give me eggs in return. :) Michelle – I’m so jealous – here in the south sugar maples just don’t work… but we have tons of wild edibles on the way. Grab copies (if you can find them) of the Foxfire Books (no relation to my favorite browser). They’re full of great info on wild edibles as well as sustainable living, passed down by people who lived that way for generations.

  8. Carol says:

    Has anyone ever tried chickweed? It is considered a nuisance weed here in TN but I’ve read you can eat it salads and such. It is in full force in early spring. We will also be waiting for black walnuts in the fall – messy and hard work, but worth it! I may try to make dye out of the hulls. Wild blackberries will be here before long.

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