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interesting, wild plants

Posted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:42 pm
by millipede
The memory card for my camera is FULL otherwise I might have taken a picture or two... I was cutting some weeds today and came across a few that smelled really good. At first I smelled something like mint... like, wintergreen almost. Only, wintergreen is a small evergreen ground cover while this weed I was cutting was just a weed... a succulent type weed, non hardy. So, I'm not sure what it is...
Well, when trying to figure out just which one it was that I was cutting to find that aroma, I actually found another interesting weed. This one, when I broke the stem it smelled like black pepper. yum.
Again, I'm not sure what this one was either... But, still interesting.
I'm sure there's TONS of edible weeds in my yard, and I'd love to eat more of them... I mean, free food... how awesome is that. I just need to learn more about them so I never eat the wrong ones.

Re: interesting, wild plants

Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:38 pm
by C_B
Maybe some herbs! Thats crazy neat!

Re: interesting, wild plants

Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:04 am
by millipede
yeah, it is... It's amazing how many plants grow wild that you can eat. Quite a few more than most people could imagine. Some common weeds are edible... I have a whole book of edible wild plants... but even with that, I'm not completely comfortable just grabbing stuff and eating it, as there's quite a few dangerous plants as well.
I've eaten dandelions, and they're not bad at all.
If I can figure out what these are, and learn to spot them easily... I might have some more wild foods to add.

Re: interesting, wild plants

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 3:13 am
by Nicki
That's really neat...I've never ate any wild plants; for one thing I don't know which ones are good and which ones are bad LOL

Re: interesting, wild plants

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:37 am
by millipede
well... as long as your yard is chemical and fertilizer free... you can eat dandelions. Every part of them is edible. I don't know that I've eaten a flower... all I've tried has been the leaves. Doesn't taste all that different than some other salad greens someone might eat.
And... I've never tried it but the roots are used as a coffee substitute. And that's just one of many plants you can eat.

Re: interesting, wild plants

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 8:28 pm
by C_B
I am not fond of things that are in the wild. I wouldnt eat it... My mamaw always said if it grows in the wild dont touch it... WHo knows it could be poisonous!

Re: interesting, wild plants

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 8:41 pm
by millipede
If you know what you're looking at, then there is no threat of it being dangerous. If people didn't eat wild plants at some point in time, we wouldn't have half the foods we eat now.
Ever eat blackberries? Around here, there's TONS of wild ones that taste great. Free food. How could you pass that up?

Now, if you don't know what's what then I will agree, you don't want to just try things to see what they're like. But, on our budget... I can use all the free food I can find. :D
There's another weed I'm considering trying sometime soon... it's a wild plantain. It's not like the plantains at the store... it's just a short weed. I know it's edible, I just haven't tried it yet.

Re: interesting, wild plants

Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 6:52 pm
by C_B
How do you know its edible? Thats what i cant figure out! Very true there milli. Its just i dont want to be the one to find out if the plants are poisonous or not :lol:

Re: interesting, wild plants

Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 7:09 pm
by millipede
I know how you feel, which is why I'm probably more careful than I need to be. I have a book on edible wild plants. There's TONS of research out there that's already been done. If you read up on it you can learn what is safe and what isn't.
Take mushrooms for example. There are tons of them that grow wild that are safe to eat... then there are some that are deadly. Some people know the difference well enough, and it's something you can learn... but I don't know enough about them to ever try it.
With the wild plants/weeds, I'll just sample them as I learn them.

Re: interesting, wild plants

Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 7:10 pm
by C_B
Thats kool! Take some pictures of the plants you find are edible!