Wild Thing: Burdock

What burdock lacks in taste, it makes up for in benefits.

Wild Thing: Northern Bayberry

“This bayberry candle comes from a friend / so on Christmas Eve burn it down to the end."

Wild Thing: Blue Mussels

Summertime’s gone, the living’s once again easy, and it's a great time for gathering mussels.

Wild Thing: Beach Plums

Beach plum harvests are always bittersweet.

Wild Thing: Wineberry

Wineberries taste like wineberries, true, but they don’t taste like wine.

Wild Thing: Fiddleheads

A fern is a fern is a fern is a fern, except for a brief time when it’s a fiddlehead.

Wild Thing: Dandelion

Dandelions get no love; even its scientific name seems like a rebuke. And yet the hardy little weed is surprisingly useful: it provides an early food source for bees and nourishment for the soil.

Wild Thing: Fox Grape

No, there aren’t any vineyards on Martha’s Vineyard. Nor are there any wineries. Many a tourist’s hopes have been dashed upon discovering this is not the Napa of the East. Still, there are plenty of wild grapes.

Wild Thing: Blue Crab

The Chesapeake may be crab country, but their same famed blue crabs – the ones New England restaurateur and cookbook author Jasper White has called “the gold standard for crab cocktail” – swim along our shores, too.

Wild Thing: Watercress

Step away from the kale. There’s a new nutrient-dense king in town.