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Is There a Wild, Edible Native Plant That Grows In Your Area, Which You Especially Like?

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Jul 22, 2017 in Food & Drink by Virginia (7,565 points)

Here in the prairies of Western Washington, the thimbleberries are starting to ripen! The Native Americans harvested them for food and dried them for winter, but growing up here I mainly just ate them from the bush while hiking - as I do now, when going for walks. 

The colour of the ripe berry is striking, very intense; and they do look a bit like thimbles...Rubus parviflorus; they are native to much of western North America, and I like to see them...


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Marianne Jul 22, 2017
Virginia Marianne Jul 22, 2017

Marianne, the taraxacum...yes I have tried that as a vegetable green, also made wine once from the flowers!

...and I forgot about the mushrooms, we see lots of those also in our damp forests.

Marianne Marianne Jul 24, 2017

Wow, you did more than I did; we used the young leaves for salads and, sometimes, cooked, like spinach.

And, for the mushrooms, we had to be very cautious, as children, and to collect (under the guidance of experienced adults) only those, which could not be confused with non-edible or poisonous species. Our favourites were morels, chanterelles, or Boletus (namely B. edulis) ...

Virginia Marianne Jul 24, 2017

Marianne, that is amazing, those are the same edible mushrooms found in our forests here in Western Washington State!

Marianne Marianne Jul 24, 2017

Lol, Virginia, various species of plants and animals, species, and subspecies are found, more or less worldwide, like, for instance, in the whole northern hemisphere.


Virginia Marianne Jul 24, 2017

Yes, seems so Marianne, smh! I wonder if that hearkens back to Pangeia, when all the continents were joined...


Marianne Marianne Jul 24, 2017
Virginia Marianne Jul 24, 2017

Marianne, what a story the Earth can tell...and we are learning to listen !!!

Here this was on one of your links... "The adjective "Gondwanan" is in common use in biogeography when referring to patterns of distribution of living organisms, typically when the organisms are restricted to two or more of the now-discontinuous regions that were once part of Gondwana, including the Antarctic flora. For example, the plant family Proteaceae, known only from southern South America, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, is considered to have a "Gondwanan distribution". This pattern is often considered to indicate an archaic, or relict, lineage."

Now I am going to click on 'Antarctic flora'...have NO idea what they could be talking about there...

Marianne Marianne Jul 27, 2017

Lol - excellent, Virginia - yes, you will be surprised about the arctic flora and fauna.


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Rooster Jul 22, 2017

About the only ones I can think of around here is wild raspberries and wild mint. Everything else is in someones yard or property!


Virginia Rooster Jul 22, 2017

Rooster, yes I know both of those, and like them very much!

TheOtherTink Jul 23, 2017

Yes, wild raspberries here too.  They taste much better than the cultivated ones.

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