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Category Archives: edible plants
Learn about the plants in your area. I live in Northern California and every spring you see acres of yellow flowers. Most people ignore them, but a few of us know that you are looking at wild mustard. This plant is good to eat, and you can make mustard from them.
Some people eat the flowering tops just before they open. They are cooked like broccoli. My wife was raised eating the leaves. The tender young leaves are used for cooked greens or in salads.
To cook wild mustard, wash the greens well and cook in salted water. Wild mustard can be somewhat sharp when raw and somewhat bitter when cooked.…Read More...
Stinging nettles grow throughout most of the United States. They are common and easy to identify and pick as long as you wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants, and have a good pair of gloves. Of course, a good quality, authoritative book on foraging like this one goes a long way to ensure you’re picking the right plant.
How to use stinging nettles as an edible
This edible plant has a flavor similar to spinach when cooked, and they are well worth harvesting when you can as they are rich in vitamins A, C, iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium. Native Americans harvested stinging nettles and used them as a cooked plant in spring when other food plants were scarce.…Read More...
The first edible flower I ever ate was a nasturtium. We had giant nasturtium plants growing in our herb garden, nearly taking over, in fact, and decided we would start consuming the orange and yellow blossoms and leaves. They have a peppery flavor with a little bit of a kick. It’s always fun to discover plants in your own backyard you can eat.
Nasturtiums aren’t the only edible flower that is commonly found in backyards and growing wild. Here is a list of some of the most common. This list is by no means complete, but is meant to be a starting point for further study of the flowers you have in your yard.…Read More...
Everybody likes to get something for free and here’s a huge collection of free manuals for you to download. I have not had a chance to review all of them so I can’t say that everything they suggest is accurate. Many of them are hundreds of pages long, so take your time reviewing them and making note of the books or pages in books that you may want to print out.
Free Manuals on Edible & Medicinal Plants
Common Edible Mushrooms — Be careful here.…Read More...
Delicious and good for you
The other day while out looking for edible plants, I came across some cones from the digger pines, also sometimes called gray pines. These cones were still intact and had not dropped their seeds, often called pine nuts.
I spent a bit of time and opened one. The digger pines have one of the harder cones and you will need a hammer or a big rock to open them. However, it is worth it you can get a good handful of nuts from one cone.
The individual seeds or nuts then need to be removed from their shell.…Read More...
The other day I post an article on 82 different edible flowers at that time I said that I would write further and explain how some of them can be used. Here are three common edible ornamental flowers that you encounter all the time that can be eaten in an emergency.
Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus – also known as Dianthus) – The petals of carnations can be eaten either raw or cooked. The flavor is slightly peppery and spicy. Miniature carnations have a light clove or nutmeg taste. You can use the carnation petals in salads or even cook them as a vegetable. …Read More...
Yesterday I posted an article on how to hide your gardens from prying eyes. Part of the premise of the article was that today, many people cannot recognize one plant from another. Most people have no idea that so many edible flowers exist.
Now before you run out and start eating the various flowers, you need to do a bit of study. On many of these plants only parts of the plant are edible. I suggest that as you plan your garden you research the various flowers and make sure that you know what parts of the plants are edible. In some it may be the flowers on other the leaves or roots.…Read More...
I have some cottonwood trees growing on my property, including one that is almost dead. This got me to wondering whether or not they had any good uses for preparedness. I have always considered them kind of worthless trees, but after a bit of research I have changed my mind.
While they are not good firewood, they burn poorly because they are so fibrous. But for many woodsmen, the cottonwood tree is a revered tree.
It is a good indicator of water. Their roots seek out water and you will normally be able to find water near where they grow. The dry fibrous inner bark of Cottonwood trees is great for tinder. …Read More...
It never ceases to amaze me as I continue to learn about the different plants that we have around us all the time and that are useful. Today I am talking about the common Juniper plant. The ones you see in so many yards. I am sure you have all seen the juniper berries that grow on them. But did you know that they are a common spice used in Northern European and Scandinavian food as a seasoning.
Juniper berries are used in meat dishes, especially wild birds and game meats including wild boar and venison. They are also used to season pork, cabbage, and sauerkraut dishes.…Read More...
One thing that was pointed out was that certain types of pine tree (Ponderosa, Norfolk Island and Yew) have some toxic properties and you should not make tea from them. As a result of this article, I received emails asking about other types of trees and if you could make tree teas from their needles or leaves.