The kids and I went on a beautiful nature hike today. We were hunting wild blackberry bushes, though I’m not even sure if they are blooming yet. I’d really love to find some and relocate them to my yard. We walked all through the woods searching for this particular plant. The goats happily followed, stuffing their mouths along the way.
As we walked, I began noticing all of the various plants around us. So many of them looked edible to me. I wondered if they were. We came upon a patch of wild onions. I broke some of them off, and let the children smell their pungent odor. We continued on and I let my curiosity spill out in words as Jada listened intently. “What does edible mean?” she stopped me to asked. I explained to her that there are many berries, plants and roots in the forest that we could eat, and survive off of, if we only knew what they were. She was very excited at the idea of living off the land like that. My thoughtful ramblings were paused again to explain the word “medicinal” as I told her of the healing powers that many plants posses as well.
Our walk got me very curious about foraging in the wild. I hopped online to search for a good book on the subject and ended up purchasing Linda Runyon’s The Essential Wild Food Survival Guide. I look forward to learning to recognize useful plants in my own forest.
What about you? Have you ever foraged in the wild? Eaten wild mushrooms? Do you know any wild plants in your area that you could use? Or have a favorite foraging book you could recommend? I’d love to know what you guys think!