LH 93: Backyard Foraging
How to safely eat common plants from your backyard
Many of us are food gardeners. We are used to harvesting things like tomatoes, carrots and onions from our backyards.
But what about hostas or dalihas??
Yes, we can eat those too!
In fact, there are many so-called “common” plants that are not only safe to eat, but are delicious as well.
In today’s podcast, you learn how to safely forage for food in your own backyard and some pro-tips for cooking up that harvest.
You will learn:
- Important safety tips when it comes to foraging
- Why starting in the backyard is a good idea
- Which common plants are safe (and delicious) to eat
- The one plant people are shocked to learn is edible
- Why eating daylilies makes you a better gardener
- Which tuber flavor changes dramatically with each species
- The surprising plant with 4 edible parts
- Which evergreen trees are safe to eat & how to do it
Ellen is Harvard graduate, garden author and a well-known expert on foraging – both out in nature and in your own backyard.
Ellen has written several books, including: Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat, Orchid Growing for Wimps, Growing Healthy Houseplants, and she has a new book coming out called The Wildcrafted Cocktail.
(Ellen is coming back to the podcast to share mixology info when that book is published!)
Ellen leads forage walks, gives lectures and conducts foraged mixology workshops all over the country. If you ever see her listed in your area, be sure to go! She is super knowledgable AND entertaining!
Photo credit: Rob Cardillo
Always be absolutely certain of a plant’s identity before consuming.
Many toxic and poisonous plants look similar to the safe varieties. You must be careful and not assume everything is safe until you have it properly identified.
Resources & Links Mentioned:
Backyard Forager – Ellen’s website
Backyard Foraging* – Ellen’s book
The Wildcrafted Cocktail* – Ellen’s book due out May 2017 (you can preorder!)
All About Milkweed – Ellen’s blog post
Eating Daylilies – Ellen’s blog post
Cooking Milkweed Pods – Ellen’s video
Making Spruce Tip Shortbread – Ellen’s video
Destruction of Habitat Largest Danger to Monarchs – recommended article
Click here for the full transcript for Episode #93
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