Happy Monday and Happy Spring Equinox! What (ch)y'all do this weekend to celebrate? I don't know about y'all, but Covid been gloomy AF, the weather unexplainable, my skin dry, and sinuses confused, I'm so ready to enjoy these increasing sunlight hours, with earlier dawns and later sunsets that equinox brings.
So what wild, edible herbs can we spy popping up around this time in our areas?
Currently I'm in the DMV area. There are more hiking trails in this area than I expected. While hiking using the amazing All Trails app, I've come across many areas that consist of edible wild herbs. I'll try to take post a video later of them. But in the mean time, here's a list below.
1. Dog violets, which are common in gardens where the soil is organic-rich and acidic. In undisturbed settings, you may end up with hundreds of these lilac-blue flowers. Both stems and flowers are edible, sour to the taste, and full of vitamin C. These must grow wild in Michigan as well. My dear sweet friend sent a batch she ad candied. They were absolutely divine.
2. Sour clover, or wood sorrel, produces small yellow flowers. Stems, leaves, and flowers are edible, tart, and also loaded with vitamin C.
3. Wild onions and chives often grow in small clusters on our lawns throughout the year, but disappear quickly when the municipals come around and chemicals are applied. Part of the allium family, like garlic and scallions, they contain a potent and beneficial compound mostly derived from cysteine sulfoxides.
4. I seen some wild strawberries on my sister friends rental property, pointed them out to her and we decided to keep watch over them for the season let them flourish and then next season try them because although they are more gritty then regular strawberries, these little babies, the tiny berries are rich in vitamin C and just as sweet as can be.
5. I keep seeing signs that ground-ivy kills trees, so I had to do some digging, and they were actually referring to English Ivy, so anywho...... ground ivy makes a pungent tea with alleged medicinal qualities, but they’re for brewing only, although the baby leaves are edible, I wouldn't risk it.
6. Purslane, reminds me of spinach, like a toy version of it. or portulaca, which is related to the moss rose, is a succulent, fleshy surface creeper. It sports small yellow flowers, and its stems and leaves are sour. They are rich in omega-3s, and have iron, too.
7. Dandelion one of my favorites, which is, without question, one of the most nutrient-rich plants available to us. I mean you can eat the whole plant, just make sure you wash it first though because bugs like it too, lol! I personally roast the root, and add it to a few of other herbs for a coffee substitute. Dandelion is jam packed with vitamins A and K and has been used to detoxify the blood and help digestion.
8. BlackBerries, randomly walking around Laurel one day and spotted these babies growing along the gate near the train tracks.
9. Chicory Root, wasn't was too far around the corner from the wild blackberries, like literally a 16th of a mile. but because both of these areas are heavily trafficked with vehicles, buses and humans just walking by, I wouldn't forage these to eat. I think they provide the same benefits to Mother Earth by growing wild in heavily trafficked areas.
10. Milk Thistle, my favorite herb from my Drexel days. I had been sucked into the world of momming and wine-ing, lol. I'm lol'n now, but I wasn't then. This had become my best friend.
There's so much herbal goodness in the picture below, tell me what else you spy!