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Forageables

Spring is busting out in my lovely hometown, and that means it is time to go gathering.
I follow the rules my mother taught me, I take one in ten of what I find, I gather well off any trails, I damage only the parts of the plant that I must, I take only what I will use, I give thanks for everything which offers me nutrition and healing. I am especially mindful of beings that sacrifice their life. Whenever I must take the root, I try to have a seed of the same plant to put back in the hole I create.

I know a few things that are common across most of N America, and this wonderful link describes a few important ones:
www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/eco/yourforest/edibleplants/edibleplants.pdf

Cattail: Of all the wild edibles I have tried, this one is one of the best. Crisp young shoots are a lot like celery. I have never tried any other part of the plant.

Yarrow: If I am not mistaken, this herb can be found all over the world, even in the tundra. You can eat it if you are starving, but it is "the wonder drug" of the herb world. If you have a problem and don't have any idea how to treat it, try yarrow. It relaxes, detoxifies, reduces bruising, has antimicrobial properties, and just crushing a few leaves can lift your spirits.

Mint: Another widely distributed plant and easily identified: The stem is square and it smells like mint...

Rose: The fruit will hang on all winter and is about as fine a source of vitamin C as you can find anywhere.

If you can identify 2 or 3 things in your area per season you will be WAY ahead of the average person, if starving us out is really in the cards.




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Please be careful

I had a friend die years ago from eating hemlock because he was convinced it was a wild carrot...they are VERY similar if you don't know the difference. Always be careful but certainly eat what you know is good. I've been eating garlic mustard every day...It's everywhere by me.

Thanks paul4one, alwayssimon

Thanks paul4one, alwayssimon and Dale for the links. I'm taking a 5 part class from a Lakota woman who has been foraging and making tinctures salves and medicinals. So this is right up my ally.

cattails are great!

We have one pond that is just surrounded by beautiful cattails...it hides the big ole bass, and it makes a good salad, stir fry, or corn on the cob substitutes. Just have to make sure you use each part at the right time. Here is a link that explains a little more. There is a lot of information on the net and recipes too....it is very good.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1376110/cooking_wit...

Whistle Pigs and Cat Tails

yum!

Paul4won, I had no idea cattail was edible.

Thank you. I learned something new today. :)

I believe the roots are edible

cook them like a potato.

yes they are...hmmm

but so are the new green shoots in the early year (great in salads, soups, and stir-fry), and then the immature flower heads (cook them just like corn on the cob), then the pollen from mature (brown) flower heads can be cut into flour for pancakes, breads, etc... It is a wonderful plant.

the new shoots are what I have tried, and they were goood

remind me of celery.

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yep...

Kind of a celery/zuchini (sp?) mix....good stuff

Great link!

Great link! Thanks!

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Thanks for the link.

Thanks for the link.

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Bump it up!

OK, give me some time.

I'll go ahead and put some things together on the subject, but I'll likely make a different thread for it. It'll be pretty big. A good way to do this would be to have it made a sticky post for reference.

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Good post and thread,

thanks

Poke

A maid used to pick poke from my acreage and cook it with eggs. It was fantastic. She was old and still had great toned arms. Strong, healthy woman.

poke is delicious and best

poke is delicious and best when picked young and tender. You can cook and eat like spinach or as green salad. Mom used to cook then mix similar to what you do for salmon patties, fry in favorite oil and serve with white or cheese sauce. Yummmm!

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Always double boil poke then mix it with collards and chopped

boiled eggs. It also makes great "pot likker" if you need a laxitive.

Careful now

If cooked wrong..poke can be deadly....
dandelions...the greens can also be cooked and eaten
the root for them can be used with other things to make a poltus (for sickness)

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And when you pass by the

And when you pass by the flower garden, don't forget to eat the violets!

Just beware of the look-a-likes Dwarf Larkspur and Monkshood!!

or coffee substitute

I have been told. I have had chickory -in my coffee in N'awlins, with my bignets!

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The flowers of dandelions, if picked fresh when in full bloom,

The flowers of dandelions, if picked fresh when in full bloom, can be fried and served as an appetizer or you can make dessert cookies from them.

They have a slightly sweet taste. ;-)

Haven't tried it but they

Haven't tried it but they are said to make a nice wine too ;)

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Good call! It does make good wine!

Good call! It does make good wine!

oooh...now i'm interested!

i'll have to check that out!

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Check out the

Check out the website...
EatTheWeeds.com
here is a link http://www.eattheweeds.com/www.EatTheWeeds.Com/EatTheWeeds.c...

The guy that does it has photos, drawings, and video tutorials. Cheers!

fabulous link!

That is a new favorite site! Thanks!

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