Take A Walk On The Wild Side At Abbott’s Mill Nature Center
Spring is starting to happen all around us. Today was a beautiful day for a walk in the woods and a great chance to learn more about how to identify, harvest, and enjoy many local species of wild edible plants. Jason Beale, Manager of Abbott’s Mill and today’s teacher had an excellent wealth of knowledge and was able to spot many different leaves, roots and berries.
Whenever foraging, never consume anything you are not 100% sure of its identity. There are many “lookalikes” that could kill you so always be safe. Never assume that a plant is safe for consumption just because you observe an animal eat it first. Use caution when it comes to eating aquatic plants due to potential pollution hazards. Never eat from any site that has been treated with herbicide or pesticide.
Wild greens are packed with nutrition and flavor. As a modern chef I enjoy the many different flavor profiles that can be found in nature: bitter, sweet, sour, piney, grassy, spiced. There are many excellent guide-book’s available for more information. Newcomb’s Flower Guide, Peterson Field Guides, and Botany In a Day just to name a few.
I need to get back to the Kitchen. Happy hunting!