Wild Things in February - Smoke

Welcome to Wild Things in February!  If you are new to the Wild Things Round Up, have a look here to read what it is all about.  The short version is that Wild Things is a foraging recipe challenge meant to inspire more people to get out there and wildcraft food and medicine with the plants that grow abundantly all around them.

Normally, a featured plant is selected for each month, and you are challenged to go find some, create something wonderful, then share your recipe.  However, since the cold winds are still blowing, and it would be difficult to select a plant that is widely available in many climates, I've decided to go with another unusual theme for this month.

Like last month's alcohol theme, this month the challenge will be to make something great using a particular medium - smoke.   This is a chance to get really creative!  You could use a foraged plant or wood to add smokey flavor to a particular food.  Or, you could use commercial wood chips to smoke wild plants or game meat.  This month would also be a great time for my friends in the herbalist community to share plants which are medicinal as smoke.  Finally, I would very much like for my herbie friends to share a recipe for the incense they've all been making this winter.

Have fun with this one!  Let's make some gorgeous recipes.  If you've got an archived post that would fit the bill, feel free to use that.  If you don't have a blog, just send in your recipe, along with a few words about why you made it and how well you liked it, and I'll include that in the round up.  Please send your entries to wildthings.roundup@gmail.com by the end of the month (or sooner, if possible).


  1. I can think of at least one green plant that is quite medicinal in nature when smoked... :)

    (Sorry, cannabis references are practically mandatory for residents of the Emerald Triangle.)

    I've heard of smoking lemon balm for relaxation, and that stuff grows like crazy around here. Maybe I'll try it!

  2. Haha, I've never heard of the Emerald Triangle. I'm guessing many have been lost there, never to be seen again?

  3. The Emerald Triangle is the area of Mendocino, Humboldt, and Trinity counties of California where marijuana is a dominant cash crop. Many have indeed been lost here... :)


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