Another amazing field trip! We got to go foraging for wild foods and medicinal plants in Central Park with "Wildman" Steve Brill.
Here are a few of the plants we learned about:
Poor man's pepper:
Wood sorrel (looks like clover, tastes like lemon):
Oops! Lady bugs!
This is Linden. You can make a relaxing tea from the flowers:
Black raspberries, not ripe (red) and ripe (purple black):
The Wildman has an app (for Apple and for Android), which we are going to check out and hope to review soon. The best recommendation I can give you for his cookbook comes from sharing a bit of his lunch. Roasted grape leaves are amazing, and stick pudding is surprisingly tasty, given the odd name. Check out his cookbook and his book about foraging for kids, and take a tour with him to learn what amazing things to eat you pass by in the park (or your own yard) every day!
Here's what we found in our own yard when we got home: Wood sorrel, lambs quarters, and common plantain (which I knew about and have growing in a pot). We now have planted some poor man's pepper, hoping it will grow here, too.