Saturday, March 7, 2009

wintergreen ...and other edible wilds

As you may have cared to notice, I am very interested in the relationship between people and nature. One of the practical aspect of that is knowledge of edible wild plants. I found an awesome little book about that subject while shoping at MEC: "Edible Wild Plants - a North American guide" by Elias and Dykeman. I am really trying to remember all this plants to be able to recognize them in the woods. One of the greatest is the wood lily (called sometime day lily). It grows easily everywhere, it's beautiful and the tuber and flowers are edible and yummy (haven't tried yet so don't take my word for it) they compare the cooked tuber to potatoes. Also the flower can be steamed as vegetable or dipped in batter and fried. Cool! I also noticed another great one to remember: "Wintergreen" and here is an [untested] jam recipe for it:

-Mix in blender 2 cups berries, 1oz lemon juice, 1 cup strong wintergreen tea (boil 1qt leaves with boiling water, steep 2 days, covered)
-blend until smooth add 4 cups sugar.
-bring to hard boil in pan 1pkg of pectin +3/4 cup water.
-boil 1 mn and add mixture, mix well, pour in jars and seal.
contains natural aspirin-like ingredients: when in pain, eat jam!

...applies also to the related species "Creeping Snowberry"

Please share your knowledge of wild edible plants!

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