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Old 10-31-2012, 05:23 PM   #1
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Foraging for edible plants and weeds, etc.

Couldn't find a thread about foraging so if I've searched like my behind then I apologise in advance

I've been planting, foraging and cooking with edible weeds for a few years now. Love the idea of finding your own food.

I'm no expert so I've been somewhat limited for choice.
If anyone gathers wild plants, herbs, weeds, fruits or anything else for that matter kindly post the names and pics (if you have) here. Would love to extend my knowledge.

I often gather purslane, chickweed, dandelions, amaranth, crab apples, nasturtiums and oxalis.

Recipes for how you use them would be appreciated too

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Old 10-31-2012, 05:59 PM   #2
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i think oxalis is another word for sorrel, which i like for making sorrel soup. hard to find around here, though. it has this bright/fresh/sour flavor and can be added to a simple vegetable soup. a sorrel soup with barley and leeks is nice and needs no meat to shine....
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:10 PM   #3
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Oxalis (aka wood sorrel) is shamrock-like:
It's a weed around here and spreads like crazy. It does have a nice, sour taste, but has oxalic acid, which can be poisonous in quantities.
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Another sorrel looks more like lettuce:
Again, oxalic acid, so not too much!


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Nettles are OK, you boil the heck out of them, and they taste somewhat like spinach. Wear gloves, they sting!

I love Hen of the Woods mushroom, which comes out in the fall, and grows at the bottom of oak and elm trees.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:03 PM   #4
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When I lived in the country, I started foraging:
Wild strawberries (the absolute best) the plant looks like a regular strawberry plant, just smaller:

Alpine strawberries by tiny banquet committee, on Flickr

Dewberries, very nice berry which is obviously related to raspberries and black berries:


Morels, the best tasting mushroom I have ever eaten:


Milkweed, the buds were very tasty, so were the pods. I have read that you can eat other parts too
Plant and buds:


The flowers, but all the ones I ever saw had white flowers:


And the milkweed pods:


Wild mustard greens, the nicest tasting wild "greens" I found.


Choke cherries - weirdly astringent, but kinda nice. Bears eat a lot of them. They have a pit like a regular cherry and they grow on trees:
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More stuff I foraged:

Wild carrots (daucus carota), also called Queen Anne's Lace, not exciting, but not bad:



We tried roasting chickory root to add to coffee, but it wasn't nice:


We also collected some tasty 'shrooms that our Yugoslavian neighbours showed us. I have no idea what they are called. My neighbours called them "foxes". I don't even know what language they spoke.
I found other wild 'shrooms, but I never found any that were edible.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:10 PM   #6
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Asparagus, it's the only thing I know on sight and trust to eat.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:56 PM   #7
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tl, your pictures of berries and talk of berries bring to mind summers of wild berry picking-and-eating of m childhood: sweet berries, sour berries, bitter ones too--all stealthily gathered and greedily gobbled. small strawberries bursting with sweetness, and dusky, golden-colored raspberries, were the indisputable headliners from a roster of big-time winning ones--in the magnificent berry kingdom of yore....
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watercress, delightfully peppery watercress, growing along the beds of meandering streams....:)
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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.
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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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