Skip to comments.Wild edible plants (video, ten part series)
Posted on 10/01/2012 10:00:59 PM PDT by djf
Series of videos describing wild edible plants. With images of plants, descriptions and warnings.
Plants described: Acacia greggii Cat claw Acacia Agastache urticifolia giant hyssop Agave deserti Agave Agropyron repens quack grass Alisma water plantain. Allium wild onions Amaranthus Amarathn Amelanchier alnifolia service berries Arbutus menziesii Madrone Arctostaphylos Manzanita Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Kinnikinnik Artemisia tridentata big basin sagebrush Asarum sp wild ginger Asclepias speciosa showy milkweed Avena fatua barbata wild oats Balsamorhiza sagittata Balsam Root Barbarea Winter cress Beckmannia syzigachne Slough grass Brassica nigra Black Mustard Sea Rocket Red Maids Mariposa Lily Fairy Slipper Camass Shepherd's purse Milk Maids Bittercress Plumeless Thistle caraway Bush Chinquapin Indian Paintbrush Hackberry Redbud Saguaro greenleaf five eyes Goosefoot Pipsissewa Soap Plant Chicory Mormon Tea Fireweed Horsetails Yerba Santa Stork bill Filaree Fawn Lily False Mermaid Fennel Octillo Elkweed Fritillary Bed Straw Salal Manna Grass licorice carveseed Rein Orchid Sunflowers Cow-Parsnip Desert Lily Toyon Alum-root Hawkweed Rushpea "velvet grass" "Cream bush" Waterleaf "Desert Lavender" "Black Walnut" Chuparosa "Wild Lettuce" Deadnettle "Desert Alysum" Bitterroot "True Lilies" "Blue Flax" "Biscuit root" honeysuckle "Yellow Skunk Cabbage" Tarweed "Oregon Grape" "Black Medick" Stickleaf "Ice Plant" "Nodding Microseris" Monkeyflower "Poverty weed" "Indian Pipe" Water-cress Yellow Pond-Lily "Oso Berry" "Evening Primrose" "Desert Ironwood" "Prickly Pear" Broomrape "Indian Potato" "Indian Ricegrass" "Sweet Cicely" "Redwood Sorrel" "Mountain Sorrel" switchgrass "Palo Verde" Yampah "Sweet Coltfoot" "Canary Grass" "Reed Grass" Pines Plantain Knotweed "Smart weed" Aspen Cottonwood Purslane "Pond weed" Silverweed "Unicorn Plant" "Devil's Claws" Mesquite Selfheal "Hollyleaf Cherry" "Sierra Plum" Chokecherry Oak Ranunculus occidentalis Buttercup Reseda lutea Yellow Mignonette Ribes species Gooseberry, Currant Rosa californica Wild Rose Rubus vitifolius Blackberry Rumex hymenosepalus Sourdock Sagittaria latifolia Tule Potato Salicornia species Pickleweed Salvia apiana White Sage Salvia carduacea Thistle Sage Salvia columbaria Chia Sambucus nigra Blue Elderberry Sanguisorba annua minor Burnet Sarcobatus vermiculatus Grease wood Scirpus robustus Bull Tulle Sedum species Stonecrop.avi Setaria species Bristly Foxtail Shepherdia argentea Silver Buffalo berry Sidalcea checkerbloom Simmondsia chinensis Jojoba Sisymbrium officinale Hedge Mustard Sedum species Stonecrop Smilax californica Greenbier Sonchus asper Prickly Sow-Thistlei Sorbus species Mountain Ash Sparganium eurycarpum Bur-reed Sporobolus species Drop seed Stanleya species Princes Plume Stellaria media Chickweed Streptanthus crass inflatum Squaw Cabbage Suaeda species Seablite or seepweed Taraxacum officinale Dandelioni Tetragonia tetragonioides New Zealand Spinach Thysanocarpus curvipes Fringepod Tragopogon species, Oyster Plant Triglochin maritima Arrow Grass Tsuga mertensiana, heterophylla Mountain Hemlock Typha species Cattail Umbellularia californica Bay Laurel Urtica gracilis Stinging Nettlesi Vaccinium ovatum Huckleberry Arctium lappa Burdock Maianthemum racemosum False Solomon Seal Valerianella olitoria, carinata Corn Salad Verbena hastata Blue Verbena Viola Violet Vitis Wild Grape Washingtonia filifera California Fan Palm Wyethia augustifolia Mule Ears Xerophyllum tenax Bear Grass Yucca species Joshua tree
CAUTION: If you see a plant name above you think you recognize, DO NOT assume it is edible without watching the videa or know otherwise. In many cases, seeds might be ok but the leaves are deadly, that sort of thing.
I wanna try the yellow skunk cabbage!! :)
Here’s another wild edibles Youtube channel called, “Eat The Weeds” with 130+ videos, each one focusing on a single plant or wild edible.
The presenter, Green Deane, also has a website and forum for those interested.
This is excellent. Thank you both.
I taken a few *foraging* courses offered by *experts* from the local agricultural colleges. In all cases, the experts who had years and years of experience say...at the end of the course....be *very, very careful* ..if you’re not sure... don’t eat it.
I’m not very confident of what little I know to keep me alive.
You are wise. There is a lot of stuff out there that can be easily confused with deadly consequence. Wild carrot is one . It can be confused with wild hemlock, a real nasty one.
I do not have many wild carrots around here. But there is quite a bit of hemlock.
It is easily identifiable by it’s strong herbal smell, very aromatic.
A young gal in Tacoma died last year from putting it in her salad. It takes a fairly small amount to kill an adult.
So be careful!!
Could be useful ping?
Another great resource!
Anybody know of a reliable way to capture Youtube vids? There are quite a few I’d like to grab and burn to DVD if the Interverse blows up or gets shut down...
Another internet guide to edible plants.
I ate them as a kid. Inside the seed is pure white meat that taste much like pecan. Contain lots of seed. But small. Very good tasting.
Still don't like the plant, hoed too much of it as a kid. Cut some huge plants recently from our turn row, put it on the burn pile in the pasture. They will not be propagated by me.
Thanks though! I'll be saving the video - excellent for research on the subject.
Christopher McCandless’ body was found in his sleeping bag inside the bus by Butch Killian, a local hunter, on September 6, 1992. McCandless had been dead for more than two weeks and weighed an estimated 67 pounds (30 kg). His official, undisputed cause of death was starvation. Krakauer suggests two factors may have contributed to McCandless’s death. First, he was running the risk of a phenomenon known as “rabbit starvation” due to increased activity, compared with the leanness of the game he was hunting. Krakauer also speculates that McCandless might have ingested toxic seeds (Hedysarum alpinum or Hedisarum mackenzii) or a mold that grows on them (Rhizoctonia leguminicola produces the toxic alkaloid swainsonine).
However, an article in Men’s Journal stated that extensive laboratory testing showed there was no toxin present in McCandless’s food supplies. Dr. Thomas Clausen, the chair of the chemistry and biochemistry department at UAF said “I tore that plant apart. There were no toxins. No alkaloids. I’d eat it myself.” Analysis of the wild sweet peas, given as the cause of Chriss death in Sean Penn’s film, turned up no toxic compounds and there is not a single account in modern medical literature of anyone being poisoned by this species of plant. As one journalist put it: “He didn’t find a way out of the bush, couldn’t catch enough food to survive, and simply starved to death.” However, the possibility of death through the consumption of the mold, which grew on the seeds in the damp bags which McCandless stored them in, was considered a suitable explanation by Krakauer.
McCandless died of starvation. Talk to native Alaskans and many who subsistence live, will say he died of stupidity.
If you use Firefox, there is an addon called Bytubed, I use it myself and have had good results.
Once you get the hang of it, saving youtube video is easy. If your system won’t play some of the formats youtube uses for their videos, there’s a freeware video player which I also use called videoLAN that can handle most every video format without needing them converted.
As for keeping you alive, exclusively foraging is under the best of circumstances a caloric "break even" proposition, hunter-gatherers were hunters first, because plant nutrition foraged in the wild is a very energy intensive operation usually burning more than it provides in calories to gather the foodstuffs. If you are considering a situation where you might find yourself completely depending on food you can gather by hand, you really have to learn how to hunt, trap and snare both game and fish to supplement your foraging and not be squeamish about where your protein and fats come from.
What I learned from this exchange was....if they can't be *sure* or agree...what chance do I have? Yikes!
Mushrooms are the one area that I avoid completely. I’m sure there are edible ones I could learn to identify, but there are entirely too many chances for a mistake being lethal that it’s not worth the risk.
Your “Doctors” were probably both right, depending on which book they were coming from. The same item in two different books can be listed as both edible and toxic depending on the time of year it was sampled, how sensitive one is to the “toxin” and whether an upset stomach completely unrelated to the plant was thought to have been the result of poisoning.
The common pokeweed is both edible and poisonous depending on what part and what time of year you harvest it. I’ve eaten the young shoots for years and never had so much as heartburn, but there some who would avoid it out of an abundance of caution.
As they say, Your Mileage May Vary.
***** “I wanna try the yellow skunk cabbage!! :)” *****
It was a common thing when I was a kid... (it’s actually pretty good eats, collecting it wasn’t bad (I was a kid)... pretty much anything outdoors was fun for me.
Wow. Xlent add-on. And the video quality of the mp4’s it makes is much, much better than watching things on Utube.
I should be able to capture all ten and they will easily fit on one DVD.
Good to have them so I can get to them if I’m offline...
One of the delights of her life was mushroom foraging. She'd be gone a whole day, harvesting from her favorite haunts and bring home baskets and baskets of mushrooms.
As fate would have it, she was in her late 80s, lying on her death bed, in hospital, of stomach cancer. When the end was near, we were summoned to be with her. When I arrived, her sons and daughters [she had 11 children] were crowdwed around the bed. I recall this day so well, I was in my late teens then, and a lull in the conversation of sharing memories and good times, and in an effort to keep her mind off her pain. I piped up and said, "Gram, I'll always remember the delicious pot of mushrooms you'd make. I don't think any of us really were taught which mushrooms to pick were the *good* ones" How could you tell?*
She replied: *I didn't.*
Well! The look of horror and disbelief on the faces surrounding her bedside was almost funny. Most of us did laugh....but she quickly recovered by saying....when you cook wild mushrooms, always cook them with a real silver dollar in the pot. If the silver coin turns black...throw them out.
I always wondered why she kept a silver dollar on the stove shelf. Heh.
Very interesting, I’ve never heard of tarnishing silver being an indicator of a bad mushroom.
**The old wives' tale that silvera coin or spoonwill blacken if placed in a pot along with toxic mushrooms is true for only some varieties. The deadliest mushrooms do not tarnish silver**
I read that story yesterday. Those people are lucky a little sick is all it cost them.
This story just reinforces my policy of studiously avoiding wild fungi.
I hear ya! :)
She was lucky the doc & hosp were willing to try the experimental drug, N-Acetylcysteine.
So often these-type horror stories pop-up and they always seem to involve a fam from a third world country.