Foraging in My Mind
Today it has rained all day, and it’s predicted to rain all night. So it’s been a grey, cold day, and the yard is getting mushy. I’m not complaining, though. Hopefully this will go a long way toward breaking our persistent drought.
There seems to be some interest in one of the forums I post on in wild edibles. So I was going through my files tonight to find pictures to share with them. It was fun remembering the days I found the different plants, how much I enjoyed discovering them, and remembering how alive and happy I felt.
Since I have no camping or Casita news to share with you, I’ll let you go along with me as I recall happy foraging days in the past.
If there is interest, I’ll keep going through my files and posting more of these photos. If not, then this is a one-day trip! 🙂
Wild strawberries. My favorite!
Baby oyster mushrooms
Wild violet leaves
Wild violet flowers
Poke salad shoot (poke salat up north) 🙂
Bull thistle flower stalk. Cut the stalk and hold it in a gloved hand. I use Leatherman pliers to peel the bristly skin off the stalk. What is left tastes like celery and can be eaten raw or cooked. The stalk becomes woody and inedible once the flower starts blooming.
Indian putty root. This plant is too rare to use for food. I did once, just to see what it was like. The raw bulbs taste like a starchy, crunchy water chestnut. Cooked, it will stick your teeth together, and is best used as a glue, which is what the Indians did.
Mild, oniony-tasting daylily shoots
Pipsissewa. This is a medicinal plant, not an edible. But I just loved this picture, so am posting it, too. The Native Americans used to make a lung tonic tea with it.
Posted by Sharon on January 1, 2013