There are so many reasons to forage for wild foods -- taste, health, saving money, education and so much more! It saves us thousands of dollars a year at this point but it is also such a neat thing for our whole family for so many reasons. :)

50 Reasons you should forage for wild foods

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This is a great way to make use of surplus wild fruits like mulberries, black raspberries, plums and such. It's fun to mix and match flavors too. :)

Make your own fruit leather!

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Mulberries are some of the greatest wild edibles to forage. They're nutritious, delicious and easy to gather. Most kids find them irresistible too.

How to easily forage (and use) mulberries

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Ohio Weedguide

Ohio Weedguide

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Drinking Vinegar: A Dandelion and Strawberry Shrub Recipe-- chopped dandelion roots, strawberries, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, honey, steep in fridge one week, mix spoonful with sparkling water, sweeten to taste.

Drinking Vinegar: A Dandelion and Strawberry Shrub Recipe – LearningHerbs

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Oklahoma Wild greens.

Oklahoma Wildcrafting

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Forbes wild foods -- amazing site

A selection of wild foods, foraged from coast to coast

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Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus & P. populinus) - Mushroom-Collecting.com

Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus & P. populinus)

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Pine Needle Syrup For Lung Inflammation, Bronchitis and Respiratory Ailments

Pine Needle Syrup For Lung Inflammation, Bronchitis and Respiratory Ailments

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There are so many fantastic foods to forage this month! Here's a list of the 31 best that are available in most areas, with lots of info on each one and links to learn more. :)

31 Wild foods to forage in May

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The Mayapple (whose leaves, stem and root are deadly poisonous) flowers in May, but the edible fruit (seeds are not edible--don't eat them) doesn't ripen till August. By the time the fruit is ripe, Mayapple leaves and stems have died back, and finding the fruit becomes very difficult. By noticing the location of dense patches of Mayapples now, you can return in a few months for your summer harvest.

What's in Season? 9 Popular Wild Edibles of Mid-Spring

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In spring, before the tree leaves unfurl and the underbrush really starts to develop, look carefully around you. You may see things that will be hidden by foliage later in the year. I was able to spot this old chicken mushroom (one of many I have found this way) deep in the woods, far off from the trail. Later in the year, when it is actually fruiting, it would be completely hidden by underbrush.

What's in Season? 9 Popular Wild Edibles of Mid-Spring

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Ohio Weedguide -- mallow

Ohio Weedguide

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Ohio Weedguide -- japanese knotweed

Ohio Weedguide

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Ohio Weedguide -- wild garlic

Ohio Weedguide

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Ohio Weedguide -- curly dock

Ohio Weedguide

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Ohio Weedguide -- chickweed

Ohio Weedguide

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Ohio Weedguide-- motherwort ID

Ohio Weedguide

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This is a wild plant in the mint family that has been used for thousands of years, especially in Chinese and European medicine. I've just recently learned about it and want to find some or grow some, since it's considered so good for so many issues related to the heart, women's health and stress. Several herbalists report using it to treat MS and chronic fatigue, too.

Famous herbalists teach how and why to use motherwort

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shaggy mane mushrooms-- lots of good info

The Shaggy Mane Mushroom

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Living Off The Land: Foraging, Organic Gardening, Nature: How to make pineapple weed jelly (it's easy)

Living Off The Land: Foraging, Organic Gardening, Nature: How to make pineapple weed jelly (it's easy)

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How to cook pheasant's back or dryad's saddle mushrooms

How to cook pheasant's back or dryad's saddle mushrooms

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foraging for juniper berries

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Next on our foraging list this season.... :) I particularly want to make spruce tip salt, spruce tip sugar, spruce tip tea and spruce tip jelly.

How to forage and cook with spruce tips (with video for spruce tip jelly)

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From morels to cattail shoots to nettles, there are all sorts of wild foods that are perfect for gathering this time of year

30 Wild foods to forage in April

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