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gnomelady
Saint Marys, GA

July 12, 2010
9:02 AM

Post #7962484

Is anyone interested in finding wild plants which are edible. I don't see anything listed that might consider this topic. I am curious about the tick weed seeds which my pets and I pick up whenever we walk outdoors. My dogs love to eat them. Could they be something suitable for humans? Are they safe for my dogs? I've not seen anything about their toxicity on the internet. Hello! Any botanists out there?
jujubetexas
San Marcos, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 12, 2010
10:21 AM

Post #7962648

I sometimes freak out friends and relatives by eating plants on walks. It takes a lot of research and double/triple checking before you do something for the first time. I have no idea about tick weed. Good luck on your search and be careful.

paracelsus
Elmira, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2010
7:13 AM

Post #7964697

A really great new book on gathering wild foods is Nature's Garden by Samuel Thayer. He deals with a bunch of different plants, and it's clear that he has actually eaten them all instead of just listing what other people say about them. I've learned a lot from it.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2010
8:08 AM

Post #7964844

I have his first book, and this one on my 'wish list'... Amazon has some good customer reviews on it
http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Garden-Identifying-Harvesting-Preparing/dp/0976626616/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1279033437&sr=1-1
gloria125
Greensboro, AL

July 13, 2010
9:11 AM

Post #7965007

Of course, the man for wild foods is 'wildman' Steve Brill.

http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/
gloria125
Greensboro, AL

July 13, 2010
9:13 AM

Post #7965014

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This message was edited Jul 13, 2010 10:14 AM

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2010
9:20 AM

Post #7965036

That may be true, but line drawings are not always enough for ID
paracelsus
Elmira, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2010
10:17 AM

Post #7965237

I have Thayer's first book too, darius, and I think the second one is way better. It has a big section just on acorns, the most complete info on preparing acorns I have seen, in fact.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2010
10:18 AM

Post #7965243

I agree... and it's worthy to note the plants are different in each book.
gnomelady
Saint Marys, GA

July 13, 2010
11:33 AM

Post #7965434

thanks for all the responses
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

July 14, 2010
11:24 AM

Post #7968089

Just had purslane for lunch. Very high in Omega 3s. Tastes great as a salad with some tomatoes and a little vinegar and oil. Best part is that I am weeding as I am picking supper. LOL
nicholtammy
Huntsville
Canada

July 20, 2010
8:52 PM

Post #7984814

burdock seeds are usually the seeds that stick to animals fur the dog is trying to remove it if its burdock seeds you can eat them and the dog should be able to eat them too

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2010
5:56 AM

Post #7985255

I didn't know you could eat burdock seeds? The recipe I saw was for peeled, tender 2nd year roots... I think.
nicholtammy
Huntsville
Canada

July 21, 2010
8:10 AM

Post #7985529

The seeds are used medicinally and they are not poisonous. There are other seeds that get stuck on fur or clothing cleavers are one and you can eat them too or use as a coffee subsitute.
gloria125
Greensboro, AL

July 21, 2010
11:13 AM

Post #7985950

I never thought before of collecting lunch from my dog's fur!
jujubetexas
San Marcos, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 21, 2010
1:20 PM

Post #7986328

If you are a dude, you can collect them from your leg hair.

paracelsus
Elmira, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 21, 2010
1:47 PM

Post #7986385

Man food!
nicholtammy
Huntsville
Canada

July 21, 2010
3:26 PM

Post #7986609

lol I collect them from the plant just saying you could thoe lol the actual seed should have poped to the ground when it attaches it self the remander velcro like material stays
gloria125
Greensboro, AL

July 21, 2010
4:16 PM

Post #7986727

good one, Jujube!
jujubetexas
San Marcos, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 21, 2010
7:20 PM

Post #7987127

That wasnt a joke. I had to clear a part of the community garden the other day and came home with a hundred hitchhikers.

nicholtammy
Huntsville
Canada

July 22, 2010
6:56 AM

Post #7987864

make a stew just kidding lol
jujubetexas
San Marcos, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 22, 2010
10:16 AM

Post #7988318

I guarantee you would have to complain to the chef about a hair in your soup.
nicholtammy
Huntsville
Canada

July 23, 2010
8:27 AM

Post #7990648

lol hitch hickers and furbee soup lol, I just wanted to let people know if a dog ate them it wouldnt hurt them at all
skyflower422
meadville, PA

July 23, 2010
7:44 PM

Post #7992189

I found a hairy leaved plant that tastes like horseradish...anyone know what it might be?
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2010
7:49 PM

Post #7992198

Do you have a photo? I grow horseradish and it isn't hairy. A fuzzy leaf that comes to mind but I've not tasted it as it is not recommend is comfrey. A photo would make a better ID.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 24, 2010
4:24 AM

Post #7992674

I have my horseradish and comfrey planted together at one end of a vegetable bed. They do look quite similar... the horseradish leaf is wider, smooth, and doesn't have the slight cast of gray to the leaves.

I've not tasted the comfrey either... I grow it to use as a fertilizer for my tomatoes.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 24, 2010
5:39 AM

Post #7992757

Gnomelady ~ is this what your dogs dine on? http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/55452/ or is it different?

Any seeds would take a quantity to fill me up but if seeds had a flavor they could be used as a spice. I actually believe that although the dogs eat them, the seeds are probably passed through their systems, generating reproduction of these weeds. Same is true of birds and other wildlife that eat seeds.

If you are interested, this is a thread you can access on wild food foraging. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/55452/
nicholtammy
Huntsville
Canada

July 24, 2010
7:49 AM

Post #7992962

Yep and Bears spread our berry seeds around too.
A good fiber to clean out the digestive system.
Comfrey should not be eaten but a little can be used internally to stop internal bleeding but it not to be used internally.
Comfrey is great used externally as a poultice for broken bones healing wounds it is one of the fastest make shure the wound is clean so no dirt gets trapped inside the wound to cause infection later.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/search.php?q=comfrey&Search=Search PlantFiles
stellamarina
Laie, HI

August 9, 2010
11:25 AM

Post #8029117

Anyone remember Euell Gibbons and his guides from the 60's? I still love his books about wild food gathering.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

August 9, 2010
11:29 AM

Post #8029130

Yep, Got 'em on my bookshelf!
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

August 9, 2010
12:27 PM

Post #8029270

Me, too.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

September 8, 2010
4:57 PM

Post #8087943

Here's an interesting site with lots of good information. (Ignore the videos and CD's unless you just want to spend a few bucks.)
http://www.herbvideos.com/

click on 'wild foods' on the left-hand column...
nicholtammy
Huntsville
Canada

September 10, 2010
10:24 AM

Post #8091031

Thank you for the web site

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