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Wild edible plants: How to find, identify, and use them.

Wild edible plants: How to find, identify, and use them.



Day Lily - They bloom for only a day; they can feed you all year. Introduced from Asia for their Beautiful, fragrant blossoms, they've jumped the garden fence and gone wild. Now you can find them everywhere in the Eastern U.S.

Juneberry - A delicious, versatile fruit found across North America, juneberries ripen in May or June in the South and during July and August in The North. Eat them raw or use in muffins, pancakes, pies and more...

Wild Lambsquarters (Chenopodium Album) - Most people, finding it in their garden, pull it out and discard it. They might do better to toss the veggies and save the weeds! Lambsquarters is a lot like spinach, except that it tastes better and has more vitamins (huge amounts of vitamin A), and minerals.

Maple Syrup - Make Your Own! - Why not? If you have access to a maple tree, a stove, and a few simple tools, you can make syrup as good, or better than the best you can buy.

Mulberries - Both the native Red or Black Mulberry and the Asian White Mulberry bear abundant, sweet fruit.

Purslane - The perfect midsummer green, purslane appears just when other wild greens are becoming too bitter to eat. It can be one of your tastiest, most nutritious, most prolific crops, if you let it.

The Raspberries - Almost anywhere you go in the U.S. you'll find raspberries and blackberries of one or more species of this large group. Many of them are known and enjoyed in their local area. One, however, is often overlooked...

The Red Sumacs - Almost anywhere you go in the contiguous U.S. you'll find at least one of the edible Sumacs.

Surprises - Poetry inspired by Silver Maple Syrup

Wild Grapes - Leif Ericsson was so impressed with North America's Abundance of Wild Grapes, he named it Vinland. Even today, there are about 20 species of them growing here. They're easy to find and often available well into the winter.

Wild Pink Lemonade - as easy to make as it is refreshing, this tangy beverage is made from Edible Red Sumac, varieties of which are found in many areas across the U.S. and Canada.