ForageablesSubmitted by paul4won on Sat, 03/21/2009 - 15:35
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:
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.