"The giant puffball, Calvatia gigantea, is easily recognized by its size and shape. Typical specimens are about the size of a soccer ball, and more or less round. However, it can be much larger (a 5-foot, 50-pound specimen is on record!), and its shape can be more "blob-ish" than round, especially when it attains enormous sizes. But it is never shaped like an inverted pear, since it lacks the sterile base portion common to many other puffballs."

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"The giant puffball, Calvatia gigantea, is easily recognized by its size and…

Native to HoCo, Spicebush is a common shrub of mixed forests, which has been used traditionally for food and medicine by Native Americans. Read about these traditional uses, learn to identify it in the wild, and harvest some twigs to make my easy, delicious spicebush ice cream!

Foraging for Spicebush and Spicebush Ice Cream Recipe -

Spicebush is a common shrub of mixed forests, which has been used traditionally…

Ripening "red" mulberries. Photo by Green Deane

Eat the weeds . com *WONDERFUL* (Ripening "red" mulberries. Photo by Green Deane)

Early spring - Chickweed - Find it in your yard! Raw (destemmed) in salads. Cooked it is similar to spinach though the texture is different. It can be added to soups or stews, but in the last five minutes to prevent overcooking. The stems, leaves, flowers and seeds are all edible.

Eat the weeds Newsletter March 2012 chickweed, herbal conference, and florida plants-tips for identifying.

Wild ginger is found in moist, shady forests.The rhizomes can be dug from spring to autumn. Wild ginger has antibiotic and antifungal properties, and was used by Native American tribes as a seasoning and medicine.

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Summer - Red Clover. Use the flowers and leaves to make a tea. Good for "women's stuff," too.

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Paw Paw fruit, or Michigan banana. Paw Paw trees are native to southern lower Michigan.

Fall - Sorrel (Rumex acetosella, sheep sorrel, dock) is a tart, lemony green found all over North America and Europe. It slightly resembles Swiss chard, with thin, triangularly shaped leaves. Use the young leaves in salads for an interesting citrus flavor, or cook older, tougher greens in soups, omelets, or stir-frys. Wood sorrel is another variety that can be eaten; however, it looks more like clover, with three double egg-shaped leaves.

10 Weeds You Can Actually Eat

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Spring and Fall - Bittercress. Bittercress has a wonderful horseradish flavor that is great for spicing up sandwiches and salads. The young leaves can be eaten raw while older, larger leaves can be cooked like traditional mustard greens. The seeds are too small to be ground into a mustard-style condiment but the tender, young seedpods are as good or better than the young leaves for a raw blast of flavor.

Scientific Name(s): Cardamine spp. Abundance: common What: leaves How: raw when young, cooked when older Where: moist shaded ya.

May to July - Cleavers / goosegrass - Young shoots and or tip of older plants raw or boiled 10/15 minutes. Serve warm with butter or olive oil, sale and pepper. The flower tops are eaten or used to make a refreshing drink.

May to July - Cleavers / goosegrass - Young shoots and or tip of older plants raw or boiled minutes. Serve warm with butter or olive oil, sale and pepper. The flower tops are eaten or used to make a refreshing drink.

Early April - Wild Mustard Flower - Eat the flowers before they've fully opened. Cook, eat raw, enjoy. This plant grows in abundance and in clumps along roadsides. Very easy to find.

Early April - Wild Mustard Flower - Eat the flowers before they've fully opened. This plant grows in abundance and in clumps along roadsides.

Early spring - summer - Burdock/gobo - The roots, flower stalk and leaf stalks are edible. The long leaf stems and early spring flower stalks are peeled and eaten like celery, while the long taproots are dug in the early spring or late fall from plants that have not yet sent up their flower stalk; once the flower stalk goes up and seeds (burrs) are formed, the life cycle of that plant is over and the root would be of no use.

In some circles Gobo is nothing more than a common weed, but it is gaining in popularity as both a medicinal plant and an edible root crop that is easy to grow.

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