Foraging In The Woods

kids in woods

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!


Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

13 Comments

  1. That is very interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger.
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  2. I found a site that might be right up your alley for this. LearningHerbs.com there is a couple of e-books and things that would allow you to learn what things are and how to use them. Perhaps we all will be sharing this information with even more folks. Good luck in finding all the information and using in your little part of the wilds.

  3. My sister in law said if there was ever a time we had to flee our homes she would grab her Bible and her book about edible plants. Now I just need to find out which book it is!

  4. I’ve also just been getting started in this! I picked some dandelion leaves for a salad last week and went on a “food hunt” in the woods with my husband last Sunday. I was thrilled to discover a HUGE thicket of serviceberries (or Saskatoon berries) which are supposed to be very good for pies and jam. (We live in the Pacific Northwest.) The funny thing is that now that I can identify them, I’m seeing them everywhere! I also realized that this little yellow shrub in our front yard is an Oregon grape–also edible, oops! I would recommend getting a region-specific guide so you don’t waste time trying to find plants that don’t grow in your area. Let us know what you find! 🙂

  5. This is almost scary 🙂 cause I have been doing the same in my yard and pasture…especially after reading your post on Addy using spiderwebs and lambs ear to help heal a wound…This week I found (what I thought) was Lambs ear (after reading your description) and sure enough I have two of them growing by my garden….This is so exciting for me 🙂 You know I have been a nurse for 10 years and I am really starting to change my way of thinking about modern medicine vs God’s medicine. Thanks for doing this blog 🙂 Love ya, Holly

  6. This has been in the back of my mind as something we should learn about as a family. We studied botany this year in science, so a special unit on these edible plants would make a good summer unit to finish it off. Kathy over at “Just In Case” blog does this a lot. Thanks for recommending a resource.

  7. Forgot to add on my facebook comment, The Peterson guides are considered the best authority on identifying edible and non edible plants. There is one on just edibles and medicinals.

  8. We’ve picked huckleberries and thimbleberries in the local (national or state) forest in the past. Am just starting to get into tinctures and such right now, and am learning from one of my friends exactly what some of my ‘weeds’ are and how they can be used. 😀

  9. This one’s on my wish list too! I’ve always been interested in living off the land. As a child I’d read My Side Of The Mountain…I still do, every year! (I think your children would really like that book too.)

    We discovered Oyster Mushrooms in our woods last year. (We live in Middle TN).

    Happy hunting!

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