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What would you eat if you got lost in the woods?

Do you ever play the game: What would you eat if you got lost in the woods?

This afternoon I needed to do something to make myself feel better, normal, grounded. It was time for some therapeutic foraging in the form of my favorite game: What would you eat if you got lost in the woods?

I only planned to be gone for an hour, but one path led to another and I was quickly seduced by nature’s bounty. I didn’t photograph the many edible plants that weren’t in season (silverberries, oaks, elderberries, sumac, bramble berries, linden flowers, serviceberries, knotweed, grapes, black cherries, dock, bracken fern, and cat tails). Very soon, I felt like my self again.

Here’s what’s on the menu, in order of appearance:

Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora)

What would you eat if you got lost in the woods?
Rosa multiflora

Lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album)

What would you eat if you got lost in the woods
Chenopodium album

Dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis)

What would you eat if you got lost in the woods?
Hesperis matronalis

Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

What would you eat if you got lost in the woods?
Leucanthemum vulgare

Pennsylvania bay (Myrica pensylvanica)

What would you eat if you got lost in the woods?
Myrica pensylvanica

Sweetfern (Comptonia peregrina)

What would you eat if you got lost in the woods?
Comptonia peregrina

Melilot (Melilotus albus)

What would you eat if you got lost in the woods?
Melilotus albus

Poke (Phytolacca americana)

What would you eat if you got lost in the woods?
Phytolacca americana

Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

What would you eat if you got lost in the woods?
Asclepias syriaca

Spruce tips (Picea species)

What would you eat if you got lost in the woods?
Picea species

That’s what I’d eat if I got lost in the woods. And I feel better just knowing it’s out there!

What would you eat if you got lost in the woods?

4 comments

    • Ellen says:

      Probably not a salad. The milkweed and pokeweed would need to be cooked. But a simple boil would do it. Guess I better work on my fire-starting skills!

  1. Pat Patterson says:

    I just listed a long list of wild edibles around our place, but want to see if I cn get past Captcha before I try again with that.

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