Whether knowing what plant matter to rub on a cut or how to make a delicious, vitamin C-packed white pine vinegar, Sarah Elizabeth’s herbalist walk at Denning’s Point in Beacon on a recent Saturday in October was a good introduction to wild edibles and healing herbs.
The walk was part of the educational programming of Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries. Elizabeth, who started out in a more traditional horticultural setting, found her calling more than a decade ago, and has been under the tutelage of Susun Weed of Saugherties, in addition to teaching and consulting on her own. She also sells tinctures, vinegars, and herbs online.
To make a white pine vinegar, fill a large mason jar with pine needles and cover it with apple cider vinegar. Before screwing down the lid, cover the opening with wax paper to prevent rust. Let it sit in a cool, dry place for six week, remove the plant matter, and enjoy your nutricious, delicious vinegar.