Foxfire 2: Ghost Stories, Spring Wild Plant Foods, Spinning by Eliot Wigginton

By Eliot Wigginton

Interviews and essays describe the lifestyle and crafts of pioneer the United States nonetheless surviving within the Appalachian area.

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Hastatulus) with pale green leaves and pale pink flower heads is common along roadsides 64 FOXFIRE 2 in the Piedmont. Sheep sorrel leaves were once used to bind up boils or carbuncles. Leaves are edible and rich in vitamin C but should be used sparingly after they are more than several inches long. Sorrel leaves are used as a potherb, as a sauce, and mixed with other greens in salads. Sorrel soup: one pound bruised leaves, one-fourth cup butter or margarine, two egg yolks, dash of salt and pepper, one-half cup chopped onion, one cup cream, three cups chicken broth.

Now he commences at th'top and goes down; and when he does that, you just take that gum out and set it afire. He just puts that web over there and th'honey sours. There's a miller causes it. That's a miller—like you see flyin' around a light. He goes in there and lays these eggs and this ol'worm, he'll hatch out. Then he'll go spin that web. And there never have been nothin' that I know of ever invented that would stop that. It's just a dead stand of bees when they hit. "I've tried everything in th'world t'get shed of'em.

Or cook like turnip greens with fatback. In ancient times, pigweed seeds were gathered and cooked into mush, or sprinkled on rolls instead of poppy seeds. Lamb's quarters (Chenopodium album) (family Chenopodiaceae) (goosefoot, pigweed, wild spinach, fat-hen, frost-blight, baconweed, white goosefoot, mealweed, meldweed) This is a two-to-six-foot annual weed, a native of Europe, common in waste places. Stems are succulent and ridged, sometimes red or purplish in color. Leaves are scalloped and frosted blue-green, or rarely red-tinged.

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