Skip to comments.5 Tasty, Low-Risk Foraged Foods
Posted on 07/19/2014 6:46:01 AM PDT by Kartographer
Any former Girl or Boy Scout knows its dangerous to just pluck a berry off a bush or grab a random green and stuff it in your mouth (hello, poison ivy!) So proceed with caution and only sample something if youre quite sure its safe: Brills app is a good starting point, but it, too features the caveat that there are some poisonous wild edibles out there!
Theres also a whole world of tasty stuff. We asked Brill for his top five low-risk foraged finds (read: wild plants that don't have poisonous doppelgängers) around America, all of which are listed on his free, photo-and-cooking-tip-packed app, and most of which are available between spring and fall.
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The Lambsquarters look similar to what we called “Pig’s Ears” back east. Those are also edible as are dandelion leaves.
I’ve eaten all but the chickweed.
Most of them are lawn weeds which suggests the lawn hasn’t been chemically treated too much but you want to be sure.
Roadside is dubious.
Fields full of ticks.
Calorie value, low.
Spring scurvy prevention value, good.
I have 4 of those 5 growing in my lawn. Anybody wanting to harvest some, come on over.
I’d rather pick the rose hips in the fall but they’re still good in spring if the birds have left any.
Rose hip tea is good.
What about dandelions?
When picked before they flower they are great as a salad, and can also be steamed and then sauteed with garlic,oil, and a touch of red pepper.
Wild tiger lily buds are good.
Now I got to go outside and graze on the lawn......
New shoots from Fiddlehead Fern, braised in butter. Yum!
Purslane. Every lawn has some, and it’s full of Vitamin C.
Dandelion Wine. :)
Ramps. (Like onion.)
Black Cap Raspberries.
They are part of the group called “nasty yellow composites” by Lady Bird Johnson, most of which are edible.
Not particularly tasty.
Elderberry is reported to have anti-virus properties too.
And the Elderberry blossoms, when dried, make a nice tea!
See? PLENTY to eat out there. 0bama’s not gonna starve US out, LOL!
We have peach, nectarine, apricot, mulberry and persimmon trees on our property.
Tastes like wild hickory nuts.
My yard could feed an army if burmuda grass, johnson grass, spurge and sticker burrs were edible.
mmm...mmmm... Throw some Catalina dressing on there right now.
The article starts with a cartoon of Bambi. I would add Bambi to the wild feast.
I am disappointed to see crab grass didn’t make the cut. I would be a millionaire when the SHTF.
Any person fortunate to live near cat tails will never starve to death. Google them.
Our area has tons of wild black persimmon trees. The deer congregate under the trees when the fruit turns ripe. I may try to make some persimmon wine this year, since the mustang grapes crop is a bummer. Not many grapes on 30’ tall vines this year.
I haven’t seen any mustang grapes this year. Lots of vines but not grapes. IIRC, July 4th was the time to pick them. I’ve made mustang grape jelly but have be careful because they break my hands out and talk about burrrrrrrrn!
It will soon be time for pickly pear jelly, too.
I know about mustang grapes burning when you get too much juice on your hands. Hadn’t thought about prickly pear jelly or wine. I remember a fellow years ago who used them for wine. There are plenty in our area.
Merriwether’s Guide to Edible Wild Plants of Texas and the Southwest
Violet flowers are ok, the rest of the plant, especially the root, get a little toxic on the liver if you eat too much, as does wood sorrel.
Daylilies are edible. The roots/tubers are potato or water chestnut like. The leaves of young plants (8’ long or less) are a good green. The flowers at any stage are edible. Some of the flowers are actually sweet and fruity, but some are bitter tasting.
All complex berries are edible (they look like raspberries), regardless of color.
90% of yellow fruit is poisonous, as is all white fruit, and most red.
You have to cook sequatas (however you spell it) before you eat them - they are large enough to have parasites.
Kudzu is edible.
(somebody had to mention it)
Good to see you! :)
UUMMM, don't they muck up the CD Drive when you install them???
I didn't know that about cat tails. I have some on my property.
every time I try to look up stuff like that I find tips for everywhere but here
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