Gleaning and foraging

Amanda Witman
By Amanda Witman on Thu, Jul 4, 2013 - 12:23pm

Anyone out there taking advantage of gleaning and foraging opportunities?

As I write this, I'm eyeing my neighbor's cherry tree and trying to figure out how to get the cherries down out of it.  I think I'm going to engage my kids in a little shake-the-tree action this afternoon, if I can get my neighbor's permission. Mmmmmm, pie.....

I've also been keeping an eye on edible greens in my small in-town yard...I've had plenty of greens from my garden and CSA, but part of me says, try this stuff and don't let it go to waste.  I see lots of plantain, violet, lamb's quarters...daylily can also be used...maybe this is also a gardening post, but to me, it's part of frugality:  What can I eat for free from my yard?

Have you done any scoping-out of your neighborhood to find similar forageable or gleanable food?

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kellyr
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Gleaning in the back yard

Yes, not only do we eat weeds, I plant them.

Our lamb's quarters has naturalized and it's all over.  We also have red orach, violets, dandelion, salad burnet (planted seed several years ago and it comes up volunarily),  I have others, Oh, nasturtiums, which sometimes come up a second year, but don't count on it.  I also planted french sorrel a couple of years ago, and it comes up every year regularly, and it appears early. Lemon verbena is another addition to salads and iced tea.

I make a point of planting edible perrenials. I don't have much sun but my "weeds" don't need it, so we can feed ourselves.

Would love to hear other ideas.

 

Kelly

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Wild edibles in the backyard

Kelly wrote: "I make a point of planting edible perrenials. I don't have much sun but my "weeds" don't need it, so we can feed ourselves."

Me too!  I have planted nettles, ground elder, woodruff ,  dandelion, Jack-in-the-busch, creeping thistle, starweed, plantain, coltsfoot and we (zone 8) are eating it from mid april to november. Tasted good and had a lot more vitamins and minerals than "normal" garden fruits and veggies.

Foraging too is a lot of fun!! This year I made jelly from roseflower and from woodruff and syrup from fir and also from elderberry blossoms - it's so delicious and a much welcome gift to others.

Thank you Amanda for bringing up this topic!

Yours Regina from northern Germany

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Huckleberries, mmm...!

Huckleberry season is coming up--can't wait!  There are also lots of wild raspberries around town too.  Delicious!  Now if I could just figure out how to get ahold of canning supplies... apparently they've gone out of production a generation or two ago here in Norway.  We usually freeze berries but it would be nice to have an alternative.

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Canning supplies in Europe

Hi Annie,

oh, I love huckleberries so much! Here in northern Germany near the danish border we have lots and lots of huckleberry-fields in the forests - but since 5-6 years no huckleberries at all -:((( Don't know, what happend to them.

Re "canning": I have ordered my canning supplies at the original producers webshop. They have the whole range of canning supplies and the prices are ok. Weck is the name of the producer - even my grandmother had these "Weck" Canning Supplies and in Germany you name the process Ein"weck"ein...

All the best to norway

Regina

 

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Dandelion

I wonder if I could say I planted dandelion on purpose with a straight face.

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Dandelion

Lol!

But when you taste your first selfmade dandelion flower liquer or dandelion flower jelly, I think, that you think that it would be a good idea to plant more of them -:)))

Some dandelion leaves in the salad are a wonderful supplement full of vitamins and minerals!

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