Outdoor Journal
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Wild Edibles

Taking a walk in the woods can be more than just a time to experience the pretty sights and sounds of nature. The outdoors is a treasure trove of wild plants that are not only good to eat but can be used for medicinal purposes. The trick is to know what you are picking before you eat it. Host Marianne Eaton joins wild edibles expert Colleen Jones at Merck Forest and Farmland Center for their Wild Edibles Walk that culminates in a wild edible luncheon.

Extra Info: 
Colleen Jones' Dandelion Linguini (Crock-Pot Recipe)

2 lbs dandelion greens
1/2 lb wild leeks/ramps
1/4 lb prosciutto ham sliced thin then diced
4 cups chicken broth
1/4 - 1/2 lb feta cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon dried hot peppers (optional)


  • Set crockpot to high and put in chicken broth.
  • Heat olive oil/butter/hot pepper in frying pan.
  • Add wild leeks and cook for 2 - 5 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add dandelions and cook until wilted -- about 5 minutes.
  • Add dandelions and ham to crock-pot and leave on high for 2 hours.
  • After two hours turn crock-pot to low.
  • Cook linguini according to directions on package.
  • Add feta cheese to the pot in chunks and ladle over linguini.

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