Do you need a sturdy vine to act as a privacy barrier on a fence? Or like the look of a vining plant up over an archway? Well, hops is your friend. Hops is also your friend if you like some of Asheville’s local beers.
Lovers of Indian food will recognize the roasted fennel seeds mixed with candies that are offered as an after-meal digestive aid and breath freshener.
Medicinally, wild yam has a long and highly acclaimed history. The Mexican wild yam, a relative of our North Carolina variety, is the plant that led to the development of the birth control pill.
I marched out to the garden, determined to make good on the squirrel’s accident. In short order, I harvested about 12 comfrey leaves (vibrant due to all the rain), chopped them up, put them into two small jars, and covered them with regular olive oil. I labeled them and stuck them on my counter where it’s dark and dry.
But, hold on, here’s where the wild part comes in. Consider adding in fresh wild greens to enhance the nutritional and medicinal benefits. I usually add just a one or two leaves so as to maintain the basil flavor.
My friends think I’m crazy. Walking down a beautiful mountain path, be it public or private, all else will cease to exist for me except this plant that I ungraciously pull from its roots on the spot. I unceremoniously stop the conversation, veer off course, and decisively rip it from the ground.
Yarrow may not be in your herbal medicine chest yet, but it is one plant you don’t want to do without! It has legendary medicinal qualities — both for humans and the earth — and is quite lovely to boot. So if you’re curious about this extraordinary herb, perhaps a better introduction is in order …
In this edition of “Wild Things,” author and herbalist Lee Warren takes a closer look at one of the most beautiful wild plants you’ll ever see in Western North Carolina.
At my home, we go through a lot of herbal vinegar. It’s amazing how much. Fortunately, it’s easy to make.