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Reply #15 - Feb 26th, 2024 at 4:30pm
 
   Another one I haven't tried yet but will this Spring is Poke Sallet.  The plant is generally called Poke Weed.  We called them Inkberry Bushes as kids.  They grow all over the place around here.  I have a nice patch of them growing in my vegetable garden and at various locations throughout my yard. 
   As kids we were told that they are poisonous so other than to stain things with the berries we left them alone.  If you don't harvest and prepare them properly they are toxic so pay attention if you're going to try them. 
    You have to harvest them while they're young shoots.  Once they get over 18" tall and the stems start to turn red it's too late.  To prepare them you have to boil them for ten minutes, drain and rinse them, then repeat the process.  The beautiful, delicious looking berries are not edible. 
    They are very abundant around here and when harvested and processed properly they are good for you.  I've been told they taste something like Asparagus.  In another two months they should be ready to pick.  I'll let you know how it goes.
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Reply #16 - Feb 27th, 2024 at 6:13am
 
In spring we get wild leeks by me. The entire plant is edible. The only problem is they can vary from year to year. Sometimes they have an almost sweet taste, others they burn your mouth out. I think it has to do with the amount of water they get.
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Reply #17 - Mar 16th, 2024 at 9:01am
 
slingbadger wrote on Feb 27th, 2024 at 6:13am:
In spring we get wild leeks by me. The entire plant is edible. The only problem is they can vary from year to year. Sometimes they have an almost sweet taste, others they burn your mouth out. I think it has to do with the amount of water they get.

   
Around here we get wild garlic.  Locally we call it Onion Grass.  We might be talking about the same thing.  The entire plant is edible.  It grows in great abundance here.
It's a very hardy plant. During a mild winter like we just had in New Jersey it will grow right through the season.  It is considered a weed and an enemy to pretty, proper lawns.  No one harvests it which is insane. 
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Reply #18 - Apr 30th, 2024 at 4:32pm
 
OK, I harvested and washed my Poke Sallet this morning.  I got a whole sink full of it.
It's too hot to process it today.  I'll do that tomorrow.  I let you know how it goes.  It will grow back in the exact same locations shortly.  I can keep harvesting it every few weeks.  I'll probably stop around the end of July to give the plants a chance to mature and reproduce.
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Reply #19 - May 3rd, 2024 at 3:54pm
 
    The finished product.  It tastes exactly like Asparagus but it's more tender.  It is absolutely delicious.   Now as long as I don't get sick I've found a great, free food source. 
    I was very cautious in preparing it for the first time.  I overcooked it just a bit but it's still fine.
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Reply #20 - May 3rd, 2024 at 4:01pm
 
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Reply #21 - May 4th, 2024 at 2:33pm
 
    There is something that is hard to understand.  Someone had to be the first to eat Poke Sallet.  The plant is poisonous.  The berries are poisonous.  So what possessed someone to take just the shoots of Pokeweed and boil and rinse them twice then eat it?  Someone must have been desperately hungry to try such and experiment.
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Reply #22 - May 13th, 2024 at 10:00am
 
I've thought the same thing about cassava, and buckeyes. Both are poisonous unless you leach out the toxins and you have to do so for quite a long time.  Maybe it came down to having little else at some point in time and having time on their hands. I also imagine once they knew it could work with one type of food, the method could potentially be applied to other foods as well.
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Reply #23 - May 14th, 2024 at 12:07am
 
Good point, IG.  Out of desperation someone probably tried the process on many plants.  Poke Sallet happened to be one of the ones that didn't make them sick. 
   I mentioned on another thread that the leaves of the Mulberry Tree are edible.  I've read that you should make tea out of the older leaves and eat the new ones.  I tried some young Mulberry Leaves this morning for the first time.  They were absolutely delicious... sweet like White Clover but more mild.
    Last year the Mulberry Tree in my yard bore fruit for the first time.  I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more.  Plus the berries could have been a little bit sweeter.  I chalked it up to it being the first year the tree ever bore fruit.  Hopefully this year it will do better.  There are a lot more berries on it this year.  It will be a few weeks before they're ripe so I won't know if they're sweeter until then.
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Reply #24 - Jun 1st, 2024 at 3:51pm
 
Ground Strawberries.  They're much smaller than the Strawberries we're used to and don't have the sugar content but they are real Strawberries just the same.  Once you get past the fact that they're not as sweet as you might expect they're not half bad.  You can find them in a natural lawn.
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Reply #25 - Jun 3rd, 2024 at 1:18am
 
2020 was a really wet year for my family's property up in Northern Washington. I went with my mom for about 4 hours and picked a couple of quarts/liters of these. Enough to make a pie for my wife for her birthday. It was a darn good pie too. No extra sugar needed to be added as they were very sweet.
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Reply #26 - Jun 12th, 2024 at 11:07am
 
   When I was a kid everyone ate wild edibles.  Choke Cherries, Mulberries, Blueberries, Huckleberries, Chicken Grapes, etc., etc.   Now no one does.  People look at me like I'm insane.  "Look at that crazy old man eating that tree!!"  Their loss.
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Reply #27 - Jun 13th, 2024 at 4:35pm
 
IronGoober wrote on Jun 3rd, 2024 at 1:18am:
2020 was a really wet year for my family's property up in Northern Washington. I went with my mom for about 4 hours and picked a couple of quarts/liters of these. Enough to make a pie for my wife for her birthday. It was a darn good pie too. No extra sugar needed to be added as they were very sweet.


   I think you picked regular wild strawberries.  The one pictured is a Ground Strawberry.  It's tiny, like half the size of a pea, and it has almost no sugar in it.  Without some help they wouldn't make a very good pie.  But once you get used to the lack of sugar they're not bad.
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Reply #28 - Jun 20th, 2024 at 9:27am
 
Please don't try this at home unless you know what you're doing.  I have been foraging literally since I was two.  Often wild edibles have poisonous look-alikes growing nearby. If you look at some pictures online then go off into the woods eating stuff there's a good chance you'll get sick or worse.  It would be best to go foraging with someone who has experience.
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Reply #29 - Jun 20th, 2024 at 11:03pm
 
Rat Man wrote on Jun 12th, 2024 at 11:07am:
When I was a kid everyone ate wild edibles.  Choke Cherries, Mulberries, Blueberries, Huckleberries, Chicken Grapes, etc., etc.   Now no one does.  People look at me like I'm insane.  "Look at that crazy old man eating that tree!!"  Their loss.

True statement.  I think most young people now days, if you told them to do anything with their hands other than tap on a smartphone, they would look at you as though you were speaking another language.
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