This is one aspect of living a sustainable lifestyle that I struggle with a little bit. It is intimidating, and I am afraid I am going to screw up. There I said it. I’m scared. So many wild plants are delicious, and have awesome medicinal properties. Not to mention if you hit the jackpot on something, it saves you on the next food bill. I am just afraid of what *could* happen if I identify something wrong. For example, Queen Anne’s Lace is also known as a wild carrot, you can dig up the root and eat it. Poison Hemlock looks very similar and can make you really sick!
So, because I am a nervous Nelly, I stick to Morel mushrooms, Fiddle Head Ferns and wild Strawberries. I know them, and can identify them.
Morels have a pretty distinct look, but you still do have to be careful. There are false morels. The way you can tell the difference is to cut one open. If the center of it is hollow, it is a true morel. If the stem goes all the way up, it is a false morel – DO NOT EAT a false morel!!!
Fiddlehead ferns are also easy to identify, I have looked everywhere and cannot find the photos I took of the ferns I picked and cooked. They happen to be growing in the back of my parents’ property, so that was a bonus. Fiddlehead ferns do have to be cooked though. There are instructions on Wikihow on how to prepare them. I sautéed them in butter, and it was delicious. They are very expensive to buy at the grocery store, so it is bonus if you can find them and eat them for free. Also, do not eat them if they are open, they taste the best when in a tight spiral.
Happy foraging! 🌱🌾
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