How to Make Maple Syrup

buckets collecting sugar maple sap to make maple syrup

To make maple syrup, collect sap from sugar maple trees (Acer saccharum) and cook it down. This is done by placing small tubes (also known as “taps” or “spiles”) into shallow holes in the tree’s trunk; they direct the sap into buckets or other receptacles. After collecting it, pour the sap into a large pot […]

Chaga Chai Recipe…And a Bit About Chaga

chaga chai

Have you met chaga (Inonotus obliquus)? It’s a medicinal “mushroom,” although technically the part that we use is not a true mushroom. Chaga has been used for health maintenance and healing for millennia. It’s an amazing medicine and happens to also have a pleasant taste. We love putting into into spiced winter “chai” tea blends. […]

How to Eat Acorns

Acorns look delicious, don’t they?  They’re so smooth and appealing in their cute little “cupules” (hats).  They are full of nutrition, but they’re also full of bitter, astringent tannins.  These are compounds that make raw acorns distasteful and hard to digest.  However, people all over the planet, from California to Japan and everywhere in between […]