Wild Edibles!

Inspired by a brilliant gift from our friends the Hasbrouck’s, we took the Waring grandparents on an adventure to create a meal from nothing but locally available wild edible plants. Liam was especially excited and energetic about this idea.

Liam and Reid clipping sumac berry clusters off of the tree for sumac berry juice
Liam and grandma Marie beginning a difficult harvest of burdock root.
Reid and grandpa Topher process this strange but edible can’t tail route. They are Kors are fibrous and have a white starchy paste which can be eaten.
Liam whittles a burdock root down to an edible core.
Topher shows how to extract the center of the cattail root.
After hard work and harvesting and long work in processing this is our meager bounty of starchy fibrous cattail root.
Boil the burdock root for half an hour…
Sumac berries soaking in water. It’s something like lemonade, unsweetened. Not bad!
Our Linden leaf salad which Liam garnished with snapdragon flowers!
I believe we finally ate our meal after all of our hard work and processing at about 1:30 PM!
Liam did some diary on the topic.

Despite the fact that we did not collect very much food, after trying all of our wild edibles our ravenous hunger somehow left us.