Monday, March 15, 2010

Foraging in the North West

I love it whenever I find a book to help with a problem...
I am so determined to find out more about foraging, I found this book, "Northwest Foraging", to help me.
What good does it do to eat "weeds" if you poison yourself?
Already I have learned that cattails are edible, they grow in abundance around here.
I always knew that Dandelions were edible but did not know the roots when ground and roasted makes a coffee substitute.
I still don't think I could ID Lamb's Quarters though.
Hopefully this well written guide can help, it is well illustrated and even has recipes in it for all that one forages.
But don't worry, I am still looking for foraging classes!


The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

I'll bet there are lots of foragers in your area. I wonder if your local librarian knows of one?

Rosa said...

lambsquarters are super easy and they are the most common weed in disturbed ground - so when you're weeding your garden you'll see them. The leaves start out small and fuzzy, and they usually ahve small fuzzy leaves at the top that just started growing.

Here is a photo:

Here is a photo from the U of Washington - i swear everything that grows here is twice as big out there.