What do you forage?

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  1. Jun 18, 2019 #1

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    I actually forage quite a few things. I know in different areas there are different things to forage. What do you harvest in your area? And if it's something that might be rare elsewhere, how do you use it.
    A few things I've foraged:
    Cedar (infused oil for soap)
    Pine pitch (soap and salve)
    Mullein - dehydrated for tea if sick
    Rose hips
    Juniper berries
    Dandelions
    Violets
    Hmm - I'll have to do more thinking. Those come to mind.
     
  2. Jun 18, 2019 #2

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    So far this spring all I have eaten is some Banana Yucca flowers. They are just like lettuce and they are blooming every where this year. I am looking forward to the bananas when they get ripe.
    I am going to pick some Mullein to dry for tea as soon as I remember. There is plenty in my field.
     
  3. Jun 19, 2019 #3

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    bullis grapes and berries[dewberries. blackberries, huckleberries ,wild plums]
     
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    Dandilion
    Rose Hips
    Blackberries
    Walnuts
     
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    They say first year mullein is best, that's when it is the ground floret. The second year is when it sends up the flower stalk.
     
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    I did not know that @Patchouli. This one is not new, has flower stalk. I see the ground ones all the time too but didn't know they were better. Now I can be even pickier :rolleyes: Don't blame me though, I get that from my Grammy.
     
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    Cherries, apples, blackberries and sometimes my cupboards..
     
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    I don't do much foraging any more do to Health reasons, however in the recent past I have foraged for:
    Dandilion Greens, Nettles, Day Lilly flower Pods, Chamomile, Catnip, Mint, Milkweed Pods, Wild Grapes, Apples, Cherries and Plums, Cattail roots and shoots, Arrowhead Tubers, various wild Berries, Fresh Water Mussels, Crayfish, Turtles, Frogs, Smelt and various other small Fish, Elder Berries, Mullen. The list is longer but this is just what I can think of right now.
     
  9. Jun 21, 2019 #9

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    @camo2460 I completely forgot about elderberries. Both the berries and the blossoms. I've never tried cat tails- do you cook them a certain way? Also, are certain turtles legal?
    We had so much fruit on our place up the mountain, I didn't really consider it foraging. It was just our food. But some of those were wild blackberries, various plums, service berries maybe more. As you folks mention things, I think "Oh yea."
     
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    Wild asparagus is all I've foraged so far this year. Mulberries are just starting to come on, and raspberries will be later...
     
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    can somebody show a pic of wild asparagus please? i've heard of it but never seen it.
     
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    Wild asparagus looks much like what you get at the store, but the spears will not be of uniform height and diameter like at the store. It also generally has a better flavor. Usually it's best at about 8" height, if taller the stalk gets woody starting at the bottom. You can break the woody part off if it's not too mature. Once it starts to "head out" at the top, it's too mature to be much good for eating. The spears in the pic are just about perfect. Screenshot_20190622-003014.png
     
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    So far we have foraged mulberries and prickly pear fruit. Once you get past burning off the prickles the prickly pear fruit tastes really quite delicious.

    Also been reading up on plants you can forage for here in Australia recently.
     
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    I have done both of those. Sometimes with the prickly pear fruit I just ran them through my juicer and I just used the juice. Way easy.
     
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    blackberries, crab apples, wild strawberries.
     
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    The Cattail Shoots can be peeled and eaten raw, or added to a Salad. The Roots are cleaned, put into a Bucket with a little Water and pounded, the Roots will come apart and the Water will turn Milky from the Starch in the Roots. Remove the Roots and let the Starch settle, drain off the Water and collect the Starch to make Breads and Ash Cakes. As far as Turtles are concerned, the ones I used are the common Snapping Turtle. Some Turtles are protected so make sure you know the Laws in your State before Harvesting any Wild Game.
     
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    wild plums, blackberries, garlic, polk, dandelions, lamb quarters
     
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    When I was a kid my friends mom made prickly pear jelly. That was delicious.
     
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    Granny, is lamb's quarter really any good? I've read that it's actually grown on purpose as food in South America. Nobody around me has heard of eating it, it's just a weed to kill here...
     
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    I like it in salad when it is very tiny and the leaves are tender....eating weeds and thriving...LOL....
     
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    I didn’t know mullein could be used for tea, it grows everywhere here. Do you use the leaves, the roots!? Do you dry it or use it fresh? Edit ... I see you dry it
     
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    For mullein, it is the leaves, it dries and becomes quite brittle.
     
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    I think there are actually two types of mullein. I cut the leaves and rolled up the strips then went through them with a toothpick and dried them that way. They are easy to get into a mason jar that way. If I need some tea, I can pull out one or two of the little rolls. I've read the flowers(or flower buds?) can be used to make a type of "honey." I've never tried that. I only keep it in case I get sick. Also, you need to run the tea through a coffee filter (or the like) so as not ingest the little hairs.
     
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    And the flowers also dried and used together or separately with the leaves as tea.
     
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    And all this time I thought it was just another annoying weed to be pulled. Love this forum
     
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    Mullein is a great Medicinal Herb that can be used as a Decongestant, for this use the Leaves are dried and a small amount is Smoked in a Pipe, however care should be exercised as over use can cause a "rebound" effect and you can become uncomfortably "stuffy". The Flowers can be steeped in a little Olive Oil over very low Heat, strained and a drop or Two placed in the Ear for Ear Ache.
     
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