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Tag Archives: edible plants
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 insure you’e 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...
Groundnut, Apios americana, sometimes called the potato bean, Indian potato, potato pea, pig potato, bog-potato, wild bean, wild sweet potato, America-hodoimo, hopniss is a perennial vine that bears edible beans and large edible tubers. Its vine can grow to 3-20 long, with leaves 4 to 9 inches long with 1-3 leaflets. The flowers are usually pink, purple, or red-brown. The fruit is a legume (pod) 2 to 3 inches long.
It is a vigorous vine that can wrap itself around shrubs, small trees, and larger vines. It also grows across low vegetation and open ground. The vines can grow from ten to twenty feet each season, dying back in the fall….hopniss…Read More...
I have a deck of cards that shows pictures and descriptions of the more important edible and poisonous plants of the western states. These have been around for some years, first having come out in the 1970’s. They also make a deck showing edible and poisonous plants of the eastern states.
One-side shows a full-color picture and the backside a detailed description to help you identify the various plants. The set for eastern states is comprised of 44 edible and 8 poisonous plants and for the western states, 45 edible 9 and poisonous plants.
I have used a set of these cards for several years and have found them to be useful in the field. …Read More...
I have a box of 4×6 plant identification cards that was sold under the name Nature’s Medicine Chest. The set contains approximately 250 cards with many color photos. Each card has photos on one side, a description of the plant, and the use on opposite side. They were published in the mid 1970,s by LeAtra Moulton.
The box I have contains sets 1-6 which cover medicinal and edible plants and their uses. Additional cards cover various illness and provide information on the herbs used to treat them and how to gather and prepare the herbs
I have used the cards for many years to help identify plants and have found them to be of great benefit. …Read More...
Burdock plants have dark green leaves that can grow up to 28” long; they can remind you of elephant ears. They are generally large, coarse and shaped like a pointed oval, with the lower ones being heart-shaped. They are woolly underneath. The leafstalks are generally hollow. They normally flower from July through October.
The prickly heads of these plants burrs are noted for easily catching on to fur and clothing. Burrs can cause local irritation. The plants are distributed over most of the United States and Southern Canada.
The taproot of young burdock plants can be harvested and eaten as a root vegetable. …Read More...
The chokecherry or prunus virginiana is said to be the most widespread tree in North America. It is found from Newfoundland to British Colombia, through all but the most northern areas. It ranges as far south as Georgia and in the Rockies through southern Arizona and New Mexico. The chokecherries of the Southwest are said to be darker in color and less astringent.
Native American tribes of the Northern Rockies, Northern Plains, the forest region of Canada and the United States, considered chokecherries as the most important fruit in their diets. The bark from the chokecherry root was used as used to ward off or treat colds, fever and stomach maladies by Native Americans. …Read More...
As spring is arriving, it is time to start thinking about our summer gardens both domestic and wild. Just yesterday, I was outside and saw miner’s lettuce and dandelions growing wild. The miners lettuce was in large patches and easy to pick. At the yuppie farmers market a friend of mine is selling it for $17.00 a pound. The joke is you can pick it for free just by going for a walk in the country.
Now is the best time of the year to start learning about the wild edible plants in your area. The first thing is to find a good book and hopefully someone who knows the plants in your area. …Read More...
Eric from survivingnstyle.com sent me the following announcement on a class to be held in his area. Some of you in Idaho or Northern Nevada may be interested.
We are pleased to announce that Larry Olsen will be putting on an edible plant walk at Miracle Hot Springs near Buhl Idaho on Saturday June 16. Learn first hand from the Master. For information call Nan with Surviving In Style 208-421-2997.…Read More...