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Your Aunt Bett stories rekindled my interest in wild plants and their uses...not to mention reminding me of my own tomboyish girlhood in the woods. :-) I chewed on a few things too, but never was so aware of them as you. Very nice writing, effortless to read and I can hear your voice in it. :-)
Hi Paws...how kind your words are. Thank you. I was aware of them because of Aunt Bett, and I am more appreciative today than I ever knew to be then. If I could, I would have every one of those plants in my garden. I guess I would have to go back to the mountains to have that, now wouldn't I?
Thank you for reading the article, and for writing.
I do appreciate you.
I remember at the time that there were no categorized "invasive" plants, and there were very few that did not have a use. even those that were toxic, had uses at some point in their evolution. That was hard for me to learn...that young shoots of poke were great for a salad, but later the stem and the berries as well as the older leaves were toxic.
Thinking about it now, it is probably a miracle that I survived, because the poke berries made such a wonderful deep reddish dye, I am sure I must have licked it off my fingers...Maybe that's why I never grew.