Since going to the native plants talk and doing a bit of research, we’ve been finding some of the most interesting info. Who knew milk weed had edible parts? There’s a lot of info about wild edibles here.
It’s not because of the current state of our food supply, foraging for edibles has always been something I’ve enjoyed. I’ve loved growing different plants – things not so commonly found in the home garden. Learning now that so many of the plants we’ve considered weeds and have tried to destroy are actually edible and healthy . . it makes me sad and excited.
Our previous generations knew a lot more than we give them credit for having known. My feeling is that at one time, humans had to eat whatever was available but then grocery stores began appearing, and then big, fancy grocery stores with lots of interesting food so there was no need to forage and eat weeds but I do believe since we’ve “evolved” to eating only grocery store food, we’re missing out on the fun of foraging and the nutritional value that many of the wild edibles offer.
We’ve ordered more native plants, mostly edibles – milkweed, purple poppy mallow, sumac, and serviceberry. I think Vince ordered a few more things and they’ll be delivered to another native plant expo type thing next week. We definitely need more land! 🙂