Wildcrafting the Shrub: Osoberry Delight

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This year our warm and early summer not only brought us an abundance of Osoberry but unusually luscious ones. Trailing branches over every roadside, every forest path, and every park trail, were hung so fat with plump blue-black clusters that they practically begged to be picked. But the big question –…

Springtime in a Bottle: Plum Blossom Cordial

Sweet and fair, she craves not Spring for herself alone, To be the harbinger of Spring she is content. When the mountain flowers are in full bloom She will smile mingling in their midst. Mao Zedong As a prairie ex-pat, the early spring blossoms of the Pacific Northwest never fail to amaze me. Flowers in February?…

The Perfect Yuletide Tipple: Emily Han’s Douglas-fir Liqueur

Here at Gather we adore Emily Han! Equally at home in hiking boots as she is in the kitchen, her work has inspired us for years. One of the first to transform wild edibles from survival food into good cuisine, her recipes make wild foods accessible, simple to prepare—and most of all, delicious. You can imagine how thrilled…

Nature Spirits: How to Wildcraft Vermouth In Three Easy Steps

Recently Gather had the great pleasure of presenting a wildcrafted aperitif for Moonrise Creative’s first Eat Together Dinner. And it was such a magical occasion! Seeing the guests laughing and chatting together in the beautiful setting of field and forest—while sipping our sparkling summer elixir—nearly brought a tear to my eye. Really. After all, this…

Wildcrafted Summer Libations: Herb and Blossom Infused Sake

What can be more delicious, cool and reviving on a warm sultry evening than Herb & Blossom Infused Sake served chilled over ice? Who knew that Sake, a dry Japanese rice wine, made such a gracious host for herbal and floral infusions? Well, the Japanese of course – but more on that later. Infused Sake…

Wildcrafting the Shrub: Osoberry Delight

This year our warm and early summer not only brought us an abundance of Osoberry but unusually luscious ones. Trailing branches over every roadside, every forest path, and every park trail, were hung so fat with plump blue-black clusters that they practically begged to be picked. But the big question – how to preserve the…

Drink: Wood Sorrel Gimlet-ish

The grounds of the co-op where we live are alive with the sound of Wood Sorrel, or more accurately—oxalis acetosella. The lovely lemony Wood Sorrel may look like a shamrock and taste similar to sorrel, but it is neither. It’s… well, it’s a member of the Oxalidaceae family. And it’s delicious. I’ve been adding it to…

Queen of The May – Hawthorn Blossom Cordial

“May, queen of blossoms, and fulfilling flowers,  what pretty music Shall we charm the hours? Wilt thou have pipe and reed, Blown in the open mead? Or to the lute give heed, in the green bowers.”— Lord Edward Thurlow May is the time of year the fields and the forests are ablaze with the glistening snow-white…

Drink: Lavender Leaf Lemonade

It’s been a beautiful, flowery spring here on Vancouver Island. As a happily displaced prairie person, I’m still flabbergasted by the parade of flowers here this time of year. Crocuses and snowdrops in February, frilly cherry and apple blossoms in March and then look out for the daffodils, tulips, camas, bluebells, daisies, honesty, forget-me-nots, buttercups…