We all love no prep snacks right? and free food? Well, spring provides both. It may be a little late for this now, but I was looking through old blog posts when I came across this early one on spring foraging.
You can read a brief blurb below or just watch the video.
Dandelions (Taraxacum sp.)
A staple of spring foraging is Dandelion.
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Stinging nettle, believe it or not, can be eaten raw. Gently pick a leave, taking care to only touch the top. Fold it in half several times with the underside facing in, pup it in your mouth, chew, swallow. It’s that easy. Stinging nettle is one of the biggest producers for spring foraging and is highly nutritious. It even contains protein!
Maple Flowers (Acer macrophyllum)
Not just for maple syrup (which you can make from any maple that is large enough), the flowers are pretty yummy. The taste is reminiscent of peas. I imagine that other species of maple would also have edible flowers, or at least non-poisonous flowers.
Licorice Fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza)
Licorice fern is great for nibbling on. The rhizomes have a very strong taste, while the stem is much milder. It’s quite, umm, licoricey. It is used as a cold remedy.
There are many others, but I’m sticking to the ones in the video. One of my favourites is the shoots of false Solomon seal, but be careful because it can easily be mistaken for hellebore, which is highly toxic. You can also peel the young shoots of salmon and