Joined: Feb 10
Posted: 01 Apr 2012, 19:01
My favorite form of exercise is going hiking in the state park with my dogs. To keep my mind more active while walking I decided to start learning to identify the plants that surround me on my travels. The other day I looked around and realized that I was standing next to what appeared to be a large cluster of wintergreen plants. I picked a leaf, ripped it, and took a sniff. There was no mistaking that sharp minty smell. So, I picked some leaves, brought them home, crushed them up and added them to my loose leaf green tea. Yum.
The variety of plants eaten by the average person has decreased dramatically as people rely on supermarkets and foods shipped in from other countries. It would be interesting to investigate some of the wild plant food options out there. So I got a field guide and I'm planning on broadening my wild foods palate. It will add to my level of nutrition, cause me to get outdoors and be more active, and engage my mind. I'm not planning on doing anything crazy like experimenting with wild mushrooms, but I got a field guide and I plan on collecting some things like dandelions and wood sorrel - easily identifiable, and safe.
Has anyone else out there had any adventures with edible wild plants? Any advice for a beginner?