Our first walk of the year was so much fun! We had great weather and lots of enthusiastic people. We identified at least 12 wild edibles (including Dryad’s Saddle, an edible mushroom that everyone got to take home.) Unfortunately we didn’t find morels…but join us on Saturday for our Earth Day walks and who knows what we’ll find!
We found and discussed:
Purple Archangel (Purple deadnettle)
Broad Leaf Dock
We discussed making:
- Dandelion Wine
- Plantain Oil and Salve - to soothe the skin and ease itching, rashes, stings, poison ivy/oak, bug bites, etc
- Latkes (potato pancakes) with nettles and garlic mustard
- Garlic Mustard Pesto
- Garlic Mustard “Horseradish”
- Steamed Deadnettles
- Roasted Dandelion and Burdock root for coffee substitute
- Drying plants and roots
- Making tinctures
Our next walks are this Saturday at the Frick Park Environmental Center for their family-friendly, free, Earth Day Celebration! The festival is Saturday April 21, 2012 from 11:30 to 4, and we will lead two walks at 1 pm and 2 pm.
Hope to see you there!