Wild-crafting is the art of collecting delicious foods from uncultivated woods and fields. I have been blessed by having gained some knowledge about this from Yupik and Athabaskan elders. With our early spring weather it is time to gather fiddlehead ferns and wild leeks. There is a very short window of opportunity to harvest these culinary delights. The fiddleheads are the beginning growth of ferns in the woods. They typically grow on the the north side hills in mature forests where it is cool and damp. They are delicious sauteed in butter.
Wild leeks or ramps grow in wet low lying areas also in mature woods. These green broad leaf plants taste like a garlic onion and are great in soups or stir fried vegetables.