I have long romanticized the practice of foraging for your own greens, nuts and berries. There is something deeply satisfying about discovering a food source growing wild, sometimes even in your own backyard. Then I began to hear stories reminiscent of Into The Wild, and I started questioning my ability to differentiate between nutritious edibles and their poisonous cousins. Add in factors like pollution and pesticides and safe urban foraging finds become few and far between.
This summer I’ve decided to let go of the negative funk that’s been holding me back from the wonderful world of wildcrafting. Knowledge is power, so I’m going to research, research, research. Here are some of my favorite resources so far.
I thought I’d start with plants I might find while walking to the park or on the local bike trails. (These areas are potentially pesticide and pollution heavy, so I’ll just be eyeballing plants in these areas to practice recognizing different varieties) Miss Merriwether of Houston, Texas has compiled an excellent list of native plants on her blog, ForagingTexas.com; and she even offers classes on edible wild plants at the Houston Arboretum. I think I see a road trip in our future!
This is my new favorite blog. Asia’s writing style is simply indulgent. On top of that her site is chock full of womanly wisdom. The above post includes a recipe to make your own rose infused honey. Mmmmmm…..Yes, please!
Here’s another local girl offering classes on edible wild plants in the Austin, Texas area. Thanks to her post this May, I now know that Prickly Pear Petals can make a delicious addition to salads and sandwiches. Remember to leave the center of the flower so you can enjoy the plant’s delicious fruit later.
This app has been a little bit hit or miss since it’s geared more towards garden variety cultivars. I was able to identify my grandmother’s Oleander bush as poisonous, but they incorrectly identified the plant below as balsamroot. Anybody out there recognize this bush?
When I searched balsamroot to find it’s properties this blog set me straight with the picture below