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Forage Friday #69 Hog Peanut.

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On a cool crisp October morning last year I was strolling the perimeter of my yard her I spotted something familiar. A three lobed leaflet attached to dying vine that twisted and curled around the stem of Joe Pye Weed. Most of leaves were gone and all but a few of the remaining leaves were a pale yellow. At first I thought it was poison ivy and since I am not allergic to poison ivy I reached down to take a leaflet and get a better look. That’s when I noticed the pods hanging from a dried out piece of the vine.

Image Titled “Hog Peanut 81520” showing the leaflet and dried seed pods.

Tracing the vine from the dry pods to the live leaf confirmed that it was all part of the same plant. This spot was once a garden and I began to wonder if the former owners had planted peas or beans here that for some reason spontaneously germinated while I wasn’t looking. The flat pods reminded me of snow peas so I was a little mournful that I’d missed out. I could have collected a few and planted them in the Spring but since they had volunteered I wondered if they would come back again on their own. So I left nature to do what she would with the vine. In meantime I snapped a picture of the leaflet that was so vigorously clinging to life.

I spent the winter occasionally looking over photos on the internet and had almost settled on a wild bean variety. I should note here that while different types of garden beans and peas are a staple of civilization throughout the world other types are poison. For example, Red Kidney Beans contain a chemical called Phytohaemagglutinin which in high doses is considered to be toxic. In Red Kidney Beans the process of soaking and cooking removes the toxins so we can enjoy them in chilli. Other plants that are commonly called beans like castor bean produce deadly toxins like ricin. So it’s wise to not just grab a pod off of a vine and chow down.

When I found out that the plant which just turned up in this spot was a Hog Peanut I was thankful that it is in fact edible. But it’s not the bean part of Hog Peanut that’s eaten. It’s the underground nut.

Hog Peanut produces two types of flower. The upper flowers become the pods that are seen in tonight’s feature image and then there’s a different flower that’s near or even sometimes just under the soil that provides a larger single seed that enclosed in a fibrous husk like a peanut. And just like the peanut it’s normally boiled before eating.

According to the USDA the Chippewa gathered the and consumed the “fruits and the roots”. Which I find a little confusing since so many other sources say that the pods are not eaten.

Image Titled “Hog Peanut 71420a” showing the climbing habit of Hog Peanut vines.

Native Americans also made medicine from hog peanut. The Chippewa used it as a digestive aid and the Cherokee used a tea made from the roots to wash snake bites.

The nuts are harvested in winter and with the flowers not appearing until August ( mine has not bloomed yet ) it makes sense that they wouldn’t be ready until late in the year.

I would also be amiss not to mention that the sources which do say that the pods are edible say to harvest them in the fall. They also say that the pods need to be cooked.

Some of non-food benefits are that Hog Peanut is good shelter for beneficial insects like lacewings and parasitic wasps as well as a host for skipper butterflies. Cutleaf bees also seem to prefer Hog Peanut leaves to use in their nests.

I’ve been so impressed with this gift of God through nature that I believe I’ll save a few of these seeds to plant in a designated area. Evenif I find that the “fruits and roots” are not to my liking it is beneficial to Wildlife.

Before I close I wanted to share my segment on the West Virginia Public Broadcasting documentary “Edible Mountain” working with producer Chuck Kleine was a real pleasure and I believe the start of a lifelong friendship. As I have reviewed the videos in the series I’m honored to be included with such a group of people who are keeping the skills and traditions of foraging alive.

If you would like to learn how to make Sumac Lemonade here’s the video and please continue on to the whole series and learn from the other presenters.

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After The Churning

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The sand covered trail leads me through ancient groves of oak, sycamore and elm. My foot slips slightly in deep loos sand as I step over the driftwood left behind by the last high water. The sun falls softly through the canopy occasionally illuminating native wildflowers on the edge of the pathway that calls me ever foreword towards a destination unspoken. Tiny mason bees are seen as floating duff that moves against the mild breeze. The trail continues to urge me onwards until I reach the open spot by the river. This is why the trail brought me here. I am delivered to the place where all the chaotic ripples of the falls settle into the flow. The place where the tumultuous past is separated from a serene future. Nothing is lost in the flow. The river is still whole in spite of being shaken by its drop through the stones of the falls. The debris that was gathered on its trip to this point has be broken by the rocks and deposited in the sand to be left behind. The churning that was had at the hands of the falls helped free the burden from the flow and river contines in peace having been cleansed. So to is lives of mankind. Those times of churning and chaos break up the debris that has gathered in our lives so that when we are settled we can leave it behind.

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An Eastern Tailed Blue Encounter.

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Sweat rolls down my face as I slowly cruise the edge of the forest in the humid summer air. Somewhere in the thick undergrowth I can hear the constant rhythmic chirp of a pair of Cardnials working their hunting grounds. As I near the spot I can hear them retreat to the cover of the brambles at the bottom of the mountain. I knelt down into the cover believing that if could set still long enough they might return. Instead a small flower sprung to life and skillfully navigated the entanglements of the thick vegetation.

The diminutive size and pale blue color told me that was the Eastern Tailed Blue. I presume that she has been laying her eggs in either the Redbud or the wild beans that grow here. Her brood will feed on the developing seeds of these legumes. As I watched her pose as a blossom on the Jewelweed I couldn’t help but imagine that this was some wild fairy in disguise. The The pale blue interacting with the light gave an ethereal luminescence against the lush green background. An older gentlemen once told me that when a butterfly lands on you that it’s really an angel come to grant a wish. My only wish today is to hold on to the magic of special moments that connect me to the wilderness if my Appalachian Mountains.

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Subtle Signs


As the dog days of summer slip away into ether of the past I find myself noticing the changing color of the light and the world around me.  A golden hue is subtly ebbing it’s way over my mountain. The yellow flowers of the black-eyed susans and pale yellow of wingstem foretell the turning point of seasons and in just 48 days old Sol will grow weary and begin to sleep late. Already forest sees the young bucks with their antlers thick in velvet as they spend less time with their herd and in solitude seek out the unclaimed grove which will be their kingdoms. Image Titled “A Secret Gathering 81019”

My  fascination with the natural calendar begain as a child laying in bed in mid summer.  In those days we lived in a double wide trailer and no air conditioning except for windows that would crank open to vent the heat and screen that kept most of bugs out.  In August I would often fall asleep to the sound of the Katydids as the cool night air spilled into the room bringing scent of change with it.  The old timers would remind me that when Katydids started to sing it was more or less 6 weeks until Fall. In the natural world change is seldom as noticeable as turning the page on a calendar but instead it’s the small subtle signs that whisper clues to those who listen.


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Outstanding In His Field

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The curiosity of a squirrel is really an amazing thing. I don’t think there’s a nook or crany that they won’t explore given half a chance. They are masters of trees and if the forest is dense enough only a bird could cover more distance without touching ground. But on open ground they’re vulnerable. As I eased the big blue truck along the gravel road the fox squirrel must have perceived me as a threat and he stood up to get a better look. In this position he has nearly a 360 view of the world. A squirrel has to have great focal eyesight to accurately leap from branch to branch and their peripheral vision is almost as good. He stood in the spot like a furry garden gnome. I don’t think he even blinked for several minutes but as soon as I let my foot slip from the break pedal and the truck he broke from his stance and made his way to the closest tree in long bounds. In a gravity defying feat of acrobatics he ran a spiral pattern up a huge hickory tree and vanished like ghost. I have know doubts that those incredibly keen eyes remained fixed on the big blue truck as it rolled away in the distance.

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