Wild Food Walk

Yesterday I attended a foraging class and wild food walk co-taught by herbalist, Pam Ferry, and life-long forager, Jackie Dill. Pam shared medicinal uses for many of the plants we identified, and Jackie helped us identify “weeds” that are edible.

We shared a delicious meal that included some foraged foods. Jan brought a salad of wild and cultivated plants from her yard. Pam brought chickweed pesto pasta; Jackie shared stuffed black morels. Oooh, and Dana brought a lamb’s quarters frittata.

I learned that henbit, which is everywhere right now, is edible. You know it—it’s that leggy “weed” with little lobed leaves and delicate purple flowers on top. The greens and blossoms are edible and were in Jan’s salad! There’s also a wild pepper plant—common name is Poor Man’s Pepper. You dry it out and grind the seeds that it releases, and you have a pepper substitute! Cleavers is everywhere, too. It’s bright green and has fuzzy little oblong leaves. It’s not so good raw, but when dried it makes a good tea (so I hear) and has more vitamin C than an orange. Dandelions are popping up. Their leaves and blossoms are edible. Oh, and you’ve probably seen the gorgeous redbuds in bloom. The blossoms are edible and are lovely in a salad. Jackie says they’re good in muffins and pickled.

The most exciting part of the day was finding morels! We gingerly stepped around the forest intently scanning the ground. I was in my element. Finally, other people that get excited about this kind of stuff! The deal was whoever spotted the mushroom would get to harvest it, so long as they let everyone get a look at it first. I didn’t find one, but had fun looking.

I don’t look at my yard the same. Now I’m walking around looking at the ground thinking, “I could eat that…and that…and that.”

P4040046.JPG stuffed morrells
the spread

chickweed pesto pasta lamb's quarters frittata
Jan's salad
Jan’s salad: chickweed, henbit, violets, sorrel, oregano, salad burnet, garlic chives, chives, redbud blossoms, dandelions, parsley, rhubarb chard, radish, mustard, red orach

lunch
digging up wild onions
Digging up wild onions. You can tell the difference between wild onions and wild garlic by looking at their leaf stalks. Garlic has round leaves and onion has flat.
morrell!
Morel!
Coyle, OK
Follow the land ethic. Leave No Trace. Leave Plenty Behind.

A few more pictures here.

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8 thoughts on “Wild Food Walk

  1. Wow, way interesting!! I didn’t know that henbit had a name until I saw the picture. Yeah, they are everywhere. I’m glad you had a good time, you learned a lot and that you can walk through your yard and think “Yum…dinner!” How empowering!

  2. Nice pictures! I enjoyed our day together and am so glad I was able to identify plants for everyone. Always glad when Pam attends on of the plant walks to answer questions about herbal use. I am going to go look at the pictures and thank you so much for sharing them. I will have another plant walk this summer and hope you can come. It was so nice meeting you, Jackie

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