*Remember: Any plant is poisonous to persons who are allergic to it. *Always observe the first-try protocol. When you have positively identified a plant and its edible parts, taste it and then wait and see how your body reacts before consuming more. Also, be aware that some plants, which are fine to consume in moderate amounts, can cause digestive problems when ingested in large quantities. *Eat wild foods only when they are in season. Know which time of year a plant is edible, and eat it only then. Consuming foods that grow in the wild is an exciting way to add delicious variety to your meals,
boost your health, get some exercise and learn about the environment. I will never again view the land the way I did before I began foraging. As a collector of wild edible foods, I have become more deeply appreciative of nature and have developed a better understanding of where and how my food grows. The closer to home you find your food, the better it will be for your pocketbook, your health, and a survivability of the planet. Enjoy, but please do so prudently. Mary Syrett is a freelance writer and an avid student of nature.
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September 2011 Tidewater Times