Monthly Archives: November 2011

Blueberry – A tasty true berry


Last week I mentioned how blackberries really aren’t berries at all.  I know the botanical definition is not important, but for the record blueberries are true berries. Eastern North Carolina is not famous for its wild blueberries, but they can … Continue reading

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Blackberries – Worth the Scratches


It’s almost blackberry season. The thorny canes might scratch the skin off you, but the fruit is worth the effort.  These brambles comprise one of the most confusing genera in the plant kingdom. There are numerous members of the genus … Continue reading

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A Jewel for Poison Ivy


Poison ivy, a ubiquitous woody vine, is responsible for many people avoiding the brushy outdoors.  The culprit is a chemical called urushiol.  The toxin can bind to skin proteins within 15 minutes.  Once that happens, soap and water won’t remove … Continue reading

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Wild Muscadines


Until I moved to North Carolina in 1996, my only experience with wild grapes was with the American labrusca types, or fox grapes from which the Concord variety was selected.  They were great for making jelly and juice, but were … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Waxmyrtle


Today we take much of our surroundings for granted.  We never stop to think how essential our natural resources used to be for everyday life.  Our own wellbeing depends much more on the resourcefulness of others rather than that of … Continue reading

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Backyard Pink Lemonade


Sumacs are short lived weedy shrubs to small trees that take over open areas if given the chance.  Three species found in North Carolina are quite useful.  Three close cousins are downright despicable. Let’s start with the three cashew family … Continue reading

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A Spicy Lawn Weed


To the many people who have cursed the ubiquitous wild garlic, (Allium vineale), I offer somewhat of a truce.  This is one useful spice that can add flavor to many foods.  They are not poisonous, grow everywhere and don’t cost … Continue reading

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