By Jim Meuninck
An information-packed software for the amateur or convenient reference for the veteran. Distills years of information into an inexpensive and transportable e-book. With this up-to-date advisor, you'll become aware of find out how to establish and assemble greater than a hundred of the main nutritious wild plans and important herbs within the contiguous usa, arrange scrumptious recipes utilizing your wild harvest, be sure the identification of toxic vegetation and toxic look-alikes, and take cost of your individual future health through making wild crops and herbs part of your vitamin.
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Simple green, almost translucent stems with swollen nodes. Deep-green leaves are thin, ovate, with 5–14 teeth. Plants grow in dense colonies, often with stinging nettle. Flowers are orange-yellow with reddish-brown spots. They are spur shaped and irregular, with the spur curving back and lying parallel to the sac. Flower is about ½" wide and ¾" in length. Fruit is oblong capsule that when ripe bursts open and disperses the seeds. Habitat: Lowlands, wetlands, edges of lakes and streams, wet fens, edges of bogs, and relocates to the garden, providing food and medicine.
Virginiana found in the eastern United States, roughly to the Mississippi; F. vesca found west of the Mississippi River; and F. californica found in California and Baja. Look for strawberries in meadows and open woods. Harvest in late May and early June. Food uses: Strawberries are high in vitamin C and are fiber rich—a good choice for dieters. A wet spring will bring a robust harvest. Use on cereals, with yogurt, on pancakes and waffles, in summer drinks, and with ice cream. indd 47 47 3/6/13 3:15 PM Medicinal uses: Native Americans used strawberries to treat gout, scurvy, and kidney infections.
Occidentalis tea used as a diuretic, and infused plant said to be an aphrodisiac. Mixteca tribe of Mexico bound Hernan Cortez’s thigh wound with this plant and is credited for saving his life. As a garden perennial, this plant gives and gives and gives. indd 25 25 3/6/13 3:14 PM Thistle, Bull Onagraceae (Cirsium vulgare) Identification: Thorny biennial; ¾" purple flower with numerous rays rises from spiny bract. Barbed, deeply cut leaves of the first year’s growth eaten after the spines are stripped away with a knife—wear gloves when harvesting roots and leaves.
Basic Illustrated Edible Wild Plants and Useful Herbs by Jim Meuninck