About

by Green Deane

 

Most Watched Forager In The World

Hello there, I’m Green Deane and I’ve been foraging since I was a child or for over 60 years.

Long before I went to school my mother would hand me a table knife and a paper bag and tell me to go find some dandelion greens for supper. While doing that I noticed wild strawberries, later checkerberries, raspberries, apples and roses.  My mother foraged as did my grandmother and great grandmother. I learned about plants long before I learned what their names were.

As a latchkey kid I also spent a lot of time alone in the woods: Hiking, camping, fishing, exploring rivers, stone walls, old orchards, mountains, woods roads and old homesteads. I also made my first batch of home made cooking-malt beer then dandelion wine while in junior high.

After military service and college I moved from the land of ice and snow to orange groves and gardening year round. I studied locally with noted forager Dick Deureling and was a member of the Native Plant Society. Foraging is like rigging, you learn by doing.

I started to give wild food presentations about 20 years ago. Towards that end I created my “Itemizing” system to help beginners not only organize information but to give them a successful method to investigate a plant and make sure key points are covered. Nearly all of my plant articles are organized with my system in mind and I wrote every one. A few years ago I started making wild edible videos for my friends. That has made me via You Tube the most watched forager in the world with around three million views. I also started a foraging website in 2008. I teach about wild edibles full time. My goal is to help people who want to know more about foragables to enjoy the process and be safe while doing so. While I am now based in Florida my website and experience includes northern climates and international foraging.

I hold a degree in education, summa cum laude, from the University of Maine and did two years of graduate study in communication at the University of Central Florida. I am the author of two published books and am an award-winning writer and photographer. Besides being a life-long professional musician and member of MENSA, my interests include cooking, cast netting, canoeing, kayaking, dancing, trying to play Bridge better, and visiting relatives in Greece. Somehow through all of that I also manged to unintentionally remain a bachelor.

While most of the articles are about plants and a few off-beat animals there are some editorials here and there. If you are a beginning forager you might want to get started with my videos and read the accompanying articles in that the first several dozen videos are in seasonal order. Learning a plant or two a month is quite easy.

You can contact me personally here. Thanks for visiting. Toodles

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Linda White July 11, 2017 at 21:25

Some web sites day u can eat tiger Lily’s and some say no, they r poison. Some sites say u can eat day Lily’s and other sites say no. Which is correct?

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Green Deane July 12, 2017 at 20:49

Mine are correct.

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Sarah Jaggy November 8, 2016 at 19:56

Hello,

I would like to know if you can help me identifying a plant that is growing in my garden, but I do not know you how to send you the picture!
Thanks in advance for your help.
Sarah

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Green Deane November 14, 2016 at 16:36

You can send it to the email address on the About Page.

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Laurie October 7, 2016 at 20:24

Where have you been all my life!? No, but really! Just discovered your website and YouTube videos and am totally stoked. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
-Laurie from Gilroy, CA
P.S. Planning to try some pyracantha jelly soon. I have it growing in my yard. 🙂

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Julieta August 26, 2016 at 08:59

New book of interest for those interested in other edibles:

Insects as Sustainable Food Ingredients:
Production, Processing and Food Applications

https://cricketpowder.com/insects-as-sustainable-food-ingredients/

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Maria Atwood March 31, 2016 at 21:22

I am looking for a a place to buy Japanese Knotweed Rhizome, I did not see that you sell this? – Could you help me by recommending the best place to purchase. I am in Colorado Springs Colorado
Thanks you so much

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Dianna July 8, 2016 at 17:22

Please do not deliberately plant it.

Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) is an invasive, and is listed as such in Colorado (https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agconservation/japanese-giant-and-bohemian-knotweeds). In fact, all three are A” species in the Colorado Noxious Weed Act.

The World Conservation Union also lists it as one of the world’s worst invasive species.

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steve pellegrino March 15, 2016 at 21:41

My small dog just ate some bites from a butterfly plant how dangerous is it?

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Margaret July 14, 2016 at 12:47

Is the dog still on this plane? 🙂

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Tom March 5, 2016 at 02:02

Hi Deane,

Been a reader of your website for a short time. Educational. Enjoy the articles.

If I’m mostly interested in foraging in Florida (or close by), how would you suggest I filter all of the information down to that most applicable?

Suggested references?

Thanks,

Tom

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Green Deane March 5, 2016 at 06:58

Follow the newsletter, either subscribe (free) or read it every week on the side in archives. Usually I highlight what is harvestable that week or season.

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country sue February 1, 2016 at 23:17

Deane, I made a comment on lambs quarters a weed that is found in your garden that ever one wants to get ridge of . Look up the nutritional
value between Lambs Quarters and Spinach , you will be surprised !! I eat it raw and I also home can it . it tastes like spinach but milder to me . I use the smaller leaves when the plant is about 6to 8 inches . you can eat in in salads or steam it a little . You should try it , It’s been eaten for decades .

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DAVE Keisler January 23, 2016 at 16:23

in episode 114 the rust removal one what type of battery charger are you using or would you recommend..?I have a Die Hard but it seems to stop or cut off after about 10 minus ..the bubbles are forming but after a bit it just stops..I can restart it for a similar duration but don’t want to watch the setup all weekend..Thanks

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Green Deane January 23, 2016 at 16:56

I had to go look. It’s nothing special, a Schummacher 6/2 dual amp charger, many many years old. It does 6 and 12 volts fast or slow. The only modification I did was put a switch in the line so I didn’t have to plug in and unplug it all the time.

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PRAFUL KUMAR December 6, 2015 at 02:56

Hi,
I picked up a chaya plant at trichur in Kerala,India.I was told its edible like spinach and has medicinal value.We use Rice Bran Oil for our regular cooking.Can you elaborate on both.
Incidently I will be visiting my son this summer He stays in Hoboken NJ.

Regards

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joyce November 28, 2015 at 21:04

Hello Deane,
I found your videos on YouTube last evening and could Not stop watching them. I live in Northern Virginia and would like to know about foraging and edible plants native to this area. I’m brand new to this but very excited to learn. Do you know of a resource I can tap into in my area?

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Green Deane December 3, 2015 at 16:45

There is a drop down menu under “Foraging” and you will find there foraging instructors. Then scroll down to you state.

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Dan August 20, 2015 at 19:57

What type of solar oven did you use in your youtube video. please email me at 3johntwo@gmail.com

Keep up the GOoD work

Dan

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Green Deane August 30, 2015 at 06:20

You can find it here:http://www.solarovens.org/

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Peter Calabrese May 14, 2015 at 15:28

Dean, you talked about the oils that were around when your grandparents were around in the early 1900’s. I try to use Olive Oil as much as i can, but we do have Canola Oil in the house. What are the oils that you use for cooking, etc.

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Green Deane May 15, 2015 at 19:57

Thanks for asking. I fall in the Paleo/Primal/low-carb side of things (eight years now.) I use olive oil, coconut oil, butter and occasionally palm oil. I save bacon fat (non-sulfided bacon) and now and then make my own lard (which is close in structure to olive oil. I prefer boiling to roasting. I’m also not above making my own butter.) I avoid non-situ seed oils — read polyunsaturated fats — which includes canola (rape seed) grape seed, sunflower oil, and safflower. Soybean oil I avoid because of its omega 6/9 content has been implicated in heart disease, I avoid flax seed oil because it is strongly associated with prostate cancer. And corn oil is rocket fuel for some cancers. On rare occasion I will deep fry a turkey and use peanut oil. When deep frying is done right no oil is absorbed.

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Jeff Hoilman May 3, 2015 at 22:48

Musterd greens mixed with dandelions are real good eating !

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Mark March 20, 2015 at 09:46

Hi, I have an aquaponics system with 3 5′ x 100′ long beds. Problem: algae. Thinking seeds to grow edible aquatic plants to cover beds and toeat.

Would like your thoughts,

Thanks,

Mark

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Anne Thiel, ND February 9, 2015 at 18:17

Came across your site while looking for information about cooking burdock root and am so glad I found you. Most of my plant knowledge is clinical medicine but I want a better understanding of herbs in the wild and as food. I look forward to exploring your site and making some delicious new dishes. Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge.
Sincerely,
Anne

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Evie McCleaf January 30, 2015 at 12:49

Hi Green,
I was recently on your foraging walk in Port Charlotte. I think I remember you saying that there isn’t currently a good book on Florida edible weeds, is that correct? I see there are a couple that include some weeds. Can you recommend any print reference?
Many thanks,
Evie

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Green Deane January 31, 2015 at 21:50

If you want a Florida book at this time the only one avaiable is Florida’s Edible Wild Plants by Peggy Lantz.

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Pat January 19, 2015 at 15:18

As a youth growing up in Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas, among other places, we had corn smut on some of our corn. As an adult and gourmet, I know it is huitlacoche and it is edible. We know live in Ohio and I would love to try and grow some. I am assuming the corn would need to be heirloom or open-pollinated. Do you have a name for a variety of corn that would grow huitlacoche? Thank you. I have been a boy scout leader for 28 years and, as a 12th grader, read “Hunting the Wild Asparagus”. Later in my senior year of college, I needed one more history class and took Utah history. In the class, I learned that, if the Donner party had known” there was enough edible vegetables and plants that they could have survived. That has led me on a life long study of edible plant life. Thank you. Pat

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Fiona Hamer January 1, 2015 at 19:16

Love this site. I found it when looking up a long list of plants I’d been given for a revegetation area at our farm in Australia. While I want to encourage the local native plants, it’s great to be able to make use of the knowledge of the weeds as well. I’ve made lots of links to your website from my blog at onebendintheriver.com about all our lovely adventures in the Australian bush. Thanks.

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Paul October 20, 2014 at 17:27

Have some pics of plants i need help identifying….is there a email i could send pics too…….one plant looks like the native plantain but the stringsinside the leaves do not run beside each other and its almost bright white under the leaves

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Green Deane December 1, 2014 at 18:28

You can post them on the Green Deane Forum on the UFO page, unidentified flowering objects… you might also want to look up flea bane.

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Deborah October 2, 2014 at 20:40

Hi. I discovered your site via the story about cast netting. My husband is a retired commercial fisherman but still retains his licensing & cast nets mostly for mullet where we live in Sarasota County. I have a question: Is it now against Florida regulations to keep legal size reef fish from your by-catch? As you know, from time to time, when cast netting you might catch a nice mangrove snapper. Can we still keep these as long as they are caught in season & meet the mandatory length size of 10″?
Thank you for your help. You have a very cool website.

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peter sturdy September 20, 2014 at 16:19

Deane, The picture of the moving train, with lots of smoke, on a rural run, is contained in an article entitled non-green environmentalism.

Again thanks for your consideration. Peter Sturdy

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Fran Hanks September 20, 2014 at 13:24

Hi , glad you are available . I learning about plants and I love it. Thanks for doing what you do .

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Lillie Powell September 17, 2014 at 17:49

I have a tree in back yard (in fact there are many of these trees all around here in North Florida.)
I need to know if it is edible as I want to make a tea from its green ” leaves”. Looking for ways to feed my cells great nutrients from the wild edibles all around me.
The tree makes me think of a “cedar” or Juniper, not sure if it is either.

Please help

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Green Deane September 18, 2014 at 02:21

Send a picture to the UFO page on the Green Deane Forum.

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