Editor ’n’ Chef: Joe Roman
Joe Roman is a conservation biologist, author, and researcher at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. The author of Whale and Listed: Dispatches from America’s Endangered Species Act., winner of the 2012 Rachel Carson Book Award, Joe was born and raised in New York. (He counts King Kong as an early conservation influence.) For more information please visit joeroman.com.
Armchair Forager: Debora Greger
The literary muscle behind Eat the Invaders, Debora Greger has published nine books of poetry: Movable Islands (1980); And (1985); The 1002nd Night (1990); Off-Season at the Edge of the World (1994); Desert Fathers, Uranium Daughters (1996); God (2001); Western Art (2004); Men, Women, and Ghosts (2008); and By Herself (2012). Before her retirement from the University of Florida, she took her poetry students on field trips to zoology talks, held office hours swampside, and gave at least one budding poet an A for her bug collection. She’s now Poet-in-Residence at the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida.
Tournant: Caitlin Campbell
What is a tournant? See here.
Art Director: Fred Gates
Principal of Fred Gates Design in New York City. For more information please visit fredgatesdesign.com.
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Neon sign by Erik Wilson, used by permission. More of Erik’s work can be seen at pixelsatexhibition.blogspot.com.
And many thanks to Laura Farrell, for helping plant the seed.
Blue Plate Special Garden Snails
Summer is coming to a close. It’s time to start harvesting in the garden–and gathering the garden snails.
Fall is here, and the “cactus fig” is in season. Time to plate-up another widespread invader.
It’s spring and time to weed. Sow thistle is a delicious invader found throughout the continent.
Lamb’s quarters was a popular spring tonic in the South—an early season edible green—but its leaves are good throughout the summer. Chenopodium album Native range: Described by Linnaeus in 1753, this European native has been transferred throughout much of the world. Because its spread was rarely recorded, C. album‘s native and invasive [...]
Alliaria petiolata Native range: Europe, Asia, Northwest Africa Invasive range: Much of the Lower 48, Alaska, and Canada. (See map.) Habitat: Moist, shaded soil of floodplains, forests, roadsides, edges of woods, and forest openings. Often dominant in disturbed areas. Description: Biennial herb. First-year plant has a rosette of green leaves close to the ground. [...]
Some say it started in 1992 in Miami when Hurricane Andrew smashed an aquarium tank. Don’t blame the weather, others say; in the mid-nineties, disappointed yet softhearted hobbyists…
Undaria pinnatifida Native range: Japan Sea Invasive range: Southern California, San Francisco Bay, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Argentina Habitat: Opportunistic seaweed, can be found on hard substrates including rocky reefs, pylons, buoys, boat hulls, and abalone and bivalve shells. Description: Golden brown seaweed, growing up to nine feet. Forms thick canopy. Reproductive sporophyll in [...]
Asian Shore Crab
The first sighting of the Asian shore crab in the United States was at Townsend Inlet, Cape May County, New Jersey, in 1988. Though the source is unknown . . .
The common periwinkle, which first appeared in New England in the 1860s, is now found along the coast wherever there’s hard substrate–rocks, riprap, broken concrete, or docks–from Labrador to . . .
Since the green crab was first recorded off southern Massachusetts in 1817, it has been hard to ignore. A few minutes of rock-flipping in Maine can turn up dozens of them, brandishing their claws as they retreat…
Nasturtium officianale Native Range: Northern Africa, Europe, temperate Asia, and India Invasive Range: In USA: all lower 48 states, except North Dakota. Found in Alaska, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Also southern Canada, Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, Australasia, and parts of tropical Asia. Habitat: Common along stream margins, ditches, and other areas with [...]
There are numerous invasive crayfish. We include details for the red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) and the rusty crayfish (Orenectes rusticus). The same recipes can be used for both species–and many other invasive crayfish. Red Swamp Crayfish Native range: Known as Louisiana crayfish, crawdad, and mudbug, Procambarus clarkii is native to the south central [...]
His sister was ailing, and the man in Maryland remembered that, back home in Hong Kong, there was a fish that was considered a delicacy and a restorative. He would make a fish soup…
“They live in a wide variety of habitats, colonize new ones readily, and eat everything that fits into their mouths,” says Dr. Peter Moyle of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC-Davis…
For a bottom-feeder, what is the good life? The common carp isn’t very demanding: any body of water that’s sluggish and murky will do. One catching sewage or…
Bun Lai, Champion of Change
ETI’s colleague and friend, Bun Lai, is named a White House Champion of Change. His restaurant, Miya’s Sushi, in New Haven, offers the world’s only invasive species menu, featuring dishes made of foraged ingredients that are threatening to the region’s indigenous species. Read more about Bun and the rest of the sustainable seafood champions here.
Preventing the Spread of Invasives by Boats
Boating season is picking up. To protect a body of water from an invasive species transfer, stop by a boat washing station to clean the exterior of your boat, drain all water from ballast tanks, and then dry it to kill any unseen hitchhikers.
House Passes Resolution on Invasive Species
114th CONGRESS, 2d Session, May 25, 2016
H. RES. 754
Expressing the commitment of the House of Representatives to work to combat the nationwide problem of invasive species threatening native ecosystems.
Eat the Invaders on New Hampshire Public Radio
Outside/In Radio cooks up nutria and periwinkles.
Eating Invasives in Canada
In Canada, the European green crab and Asian crab have been threatening shellfish stocks on the Atlantic coast, while farmers in Alberta and Saskatchewan are constantly battling wild boars. If we can’t beat them, can we eat them? Read more at CBCNews.
I feed him herbs, flowers, more kales and then I stuff him full of weeds. He declares sow thistles as good as radicchio and does some free weeding.