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    Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Kim Melton

    Haska-What Now?

    Raspberries, blueberries, crowberries and cranberries: being on Yukon time means planning your weekends around where to pick once the – dare I say it? - latter part of summer rolls around and hints at fall. There is one berry fairly new to the... more

    Sep 20, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-09-06, PHOTO: Courtesy of Michelle Joy Carmichael

    Northern Food Fusion

    I am a lover of adventure and fine tastes – a forager of the wild world. The life I live is close with nature and so is my diet. I am a Gwich’in Inuvialuit Caucasian woman living in the far north, and a student of natural medicine. more

    Sep 6, 2017

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    Sydney Oland

    Why I Love Little Birds

    On the way back I happened across a spruce grouse and it seemed that my luck was changing. As I was dressing my grouse I heard two more shots and it turned out that my hunting partners had had a similar thought about duck hunting, and had also more

    Jul 27, 2017

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    Wild Edibles: From Curiosities to Staples

    Of course there are many books on plant identification, but finding one specific to your climate and region is, well, essential. A time-tested book is Edible and Medicinal Plants of Canada by Andy Mackinnon (2009) – and there’s a whole related series more

    Jul 26, 2017

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    Sydney Oland

    Moose Heart Tacos

    If you aren’t lucky enough to have a fresh (or frozen) moose heart on hand you can still try this recipe out using any sort of sliced steak. more

    Jul 26, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    Berry Picking

    For me, the summer of 2016 has been the best berry year ever. My berry season starts with wild strawberries and they were bigger than ever this year. Wild raspberries are almost always abundant. Our famous Yukon cranberries are looking extremely... more

    Sep 15, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-01, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

    Not for Novices: Beyond Beginner Picking

    After you’ve picked your first few batches of mushrooms, and haven’t landed in the hospital, you’ll find the mushroom conversation branches into themes of field testing, drying, and alternate uses, such as medicines, dyes and crafts. more

    Sep 1, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-01, PHOTO: Jozien Kozier

    Mushrooms in the Yukon

    Mushroom season starts in spring. On a hike at the end of May, I came upon some black morels. In the Yukon, morels usually only grow where there has been a recent fire, although I've found them growing other places. With the warm weather and rain... more

    Sep 1, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-01, PHOTO: wikimedia.commons.com

    Mushroom Confidential

    I’m going to tell you the story of my very personal relationship with a mushroom. I had met Lactarius deliciosus a few times at a friend’s place. Julie Frisch was, at that time, a natural history interpreter in the Tombstone Territorial Park, ... more

    Sep 1, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-06-23, PHOTO: Kim Melton

    Know Thy Microclimate

    I've put a lot of miles under me this spring between Victoria, B.C. and the Klondike Valley, and had thought I would be riding the green wave north. It is true that there were more leaves out on the Gulf Islands than there were when I arrived at... more

    Jun 23, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-04-07, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    Kinnikinnick

    Kinnikinnick’s Latin name, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, comes from arctos and ursi meaning bear and staphylos and uva meaning bunch of grapes. Amazing: the taste of those little grapes! I just tried something I had never tried before, but had read... more

    Apr 7, 2016

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    Issue: 2015-11-05 PHOTO: Kim Melton

    Tonic or toxin?

    Ah, arnica. Renowned for its power to soothe sore muscles, sprains and bruises, and a common gateway drug into the wonderful world of the do-it-yourself apothecary. Most often it is in the form of arnica oil, where the bright yellow flower heads... more

    Nov 5, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-10-15 PHOTO: Kim Melton

    Death by Camas

    Yes, a new form of torture has been developed, involving an unrelenting repetition of a single passage from the Myth of Sisyphus – what? C-A-M-A-S? So, not Albert? Oh...sorry about that. Let's begin again. more

    Oct 15, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-10-01 PHOTO: Kim Melton

    What Not to Eat: Water Hemlock

    When I first began eating wild mushrooms, I was studying squirrels. I watched which mushrooms they picked to stash in trees, and figured that whichever ones they ate were probably not (or not very) poisonous. These days I know a little more and am... more

    Oct 1, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-09-03 PHOTO: Ron Patrick

    The Magic of Mushrooms

    Jean Francois is a chef. I met him at a B.C. heli-ski lodge on Highway 5 — The Yellowhead — in the early 2000s. He cooked pastries and cakes and cookies and yelled at the breakfast servers at six in the morning. I was a person cleaning rooms, ... more

    Sep 3, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-09-03 PHOTO: Kim Melton

    Looking high and low for cranberries

    Before I get into to the juicy details, a little dry semantics: high bush vs low bush. And I love that I live in a place where no one need make any lewd jokes. Cranberries, of course, are the subject. Growing up, I only knew of one kind, harvested... more

    Sep 3, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-08-06 PHOTO: Kim Melton

    Experimental Fruit

    It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! I didn’t know how much I was anticipating berry season until I saw my first ripe raspberry dripping its glowing red drupelets from a bush south of Whitehorse. And with it, I know, are coming Saskatoons, ... more

    Aug 6, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-07-09 PHOTO: Kim Melton

    A Proper Teatime

    I was visiting a friend down on Lewes Lake last week and was delighted at the profusion of blue and pink lining his driveway. Wild roses and lungwort — which he told me deserved to be called bluebells, their prettier name — were both in full bloom. more

    Jul 9, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-06-25 PHOTO: Kim Melton

    Soup Season?

    Well I hope that sundrenched stretch wasn’t summer. It was glorious, hot, and beautiful — what a tease. I’m sitting inside with the rain lashing the windows under our first precipitation since Environment Canada’s icons changed from snowflakes to... more

    Jun 25, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-06-11 Photo: kozzi.com

    Freezing Fish

    Over the years a few people have told me that due to a loss of flavour, they do not freeze fish and only eat them fresh. Certainly a well cared for fresh fish has a slight flavour edge on one that’s been frozen, but not enough difference to... more

    Jun 11, 2015

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