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. :)
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. :)
Mulberries are some of the greatest wild edibles to forage. They're nutritious, delicious and easy to gather. Most kids find them irresistible too.
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.
Forbes wild foods -- amazing site
Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus & P. populinus) - Mushroom-Collecting.com
Pine Needle Syrup For Lung Inflammation, Bronchitis and Respiratory Ailments
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
shaggy mane mushrooms-- lots of good info
How to cook pheasant's back or dryad's saddle mushrooms