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Old 10-31-2012, 10:39 PM   #11
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Lambsquarter is a common spinach like wild green that grows all over North America.

I remember my grandmother gathering poke salad but never understood exactly when to harvest as it can be toxic at a certain point.

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Same here, my Grandmother did all the foraging, but I was too young and she had no interest in teaching. I know how to cook it once i have it, but do not know what it looks like in the wild. I'd be scared of poisoning someone.
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:50 PM   #12
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I just looked up lambsquarters. According to Chenopodium berlandieri - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, was a fully domesticated pseudocereal crop in Eastern North America in prehistoric times. It's related to quinoa.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:02 AM   #13
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We have lots of elderberries and mulberries around here. People do stuff with the blossoms and the berries, including fizzes and wine. Don't know if you get them where you are, Snip. Mucho milkweed pods. Burdock makes good tea, according to my SIL.
Thank you for the info
We have mulberries and wild strawberries here. I'd forgotten they they can be foraged too They sell them at nurseries. I love making mulberry jam and my kids are always stained purple when mulberries are in season
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Plants that contain oxalic acid can be cooked to remove most of it and eaten in slightly larger quantities.
Thank you all for the great info!
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I love purslane, my favourite edible weed so far. It's full of nutrients and is easy to identify.
Our favourite way to eat it is in Purslane omelettes. Fry a cup of chopped leaves and stems with a bit of chopped onion and seasoning. Whisk 6 eggs and pour over. Cook till set. Portion and serve with nice tomato salad. I add some grated cheddar or gouda as well.
Purslane is low growing and has smooth shiny leaves. If you're worried that what you find is not purslane, the easiest way to check is by breaking a stem open. If it doesn't have a milky sap inside the stem you're good to go. Purslane doesn't have a hairy coating either but there are similar looking plants that do. Avoid these.
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I love purslane, my favourite edible weed so far. It's full of nutrients and is easy to identify.
Our favourite way to eat it is in Purslane omelettes. Fry a cup of chopped leaves and stems with a bit of chopped onion and seasoning. Whisk 6 eggs and pour over. Cook till set. Portion and serve with nice tomato salad. I add some grated cheddar or gouda as well.
Purslane is low growing and has smooth shiny leaves. If you're worried that what you find is not purslane, the easiest way to check is by breaking a stem open. If it doesn't have a milky sap inside the stem you're good to go. Purslane doesn't have a hairy coating either but there are similar looking plants that do. Avoid these.
I had no idea that was purslane. I'm pretty sure that's the weed in my backyard that's growing in a pot I never got around to planting. I never pulled out of the pot because I was deciding whether or not I wanted to keep it. It's kind neat looking.
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I had no idea that was purslane. I'm pretty sure that's the weed in my backyard that's growing in a pot I never got around to planting. I never pulled out of the pot because I was deciding whether or not I wanted to keep it. It's kind neat looking.
The leaves and young stems are delicious raw in salads, they taste a bit like cucumber. They go well cooked with eggs, cheese, garlic or butter
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Mallow, another delicious weed. It tastes very mild and the young leaves are good in salad. The flowers are also edible. Mallow can be eaten cooked and it's a good thickener in soups and stew. It leaches a jelly like sap when cooked kind of like okra.
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Amost forgot to mention the 2 most popular wild foods in South Africa :)
I forget they're wild sometimes lol!



The leaves from the moringa trea are eaten raw in salads and cooked like spinach. They taste lovely and have numerous health benefits.

Marula fruits from the marula trea are healthy and delicious and ofcourse used for making the popular Amarula :)
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There is a guy up here in the New York area that has weekend walks in some of the local parks ( including Central Park in NYC). who helps identify everything. He has a website

Foraging With the "Wildman"

He even has a cookbook, identification DVD and other things that he sells.
His website has a lot of info too.

We went on one of his walks, Things that come to mind for me are : Black walnuts, Hen of the Woods mushrooms, Autumn Olive Berries, sassafras leaves for tea, purslane, sumac, cat tails, sorrel . There were many others, i just forgot them, as it was several years ago.
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