Hello there / surprisingly edible plants

Discussion in 'Herbs for the Kitchen' started by Nataliee, May 16, 2018 at 7:23 AM.

  1. Nataliee

    Nataliee New Member

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    Hello there :).

    I did not find any thread to say hi to this community. Anyway I'm a newbie, so please please tell me if I'm choosing a correct section etc!

    I'm French-Slovak and now based near Québec (guess why :D ). I am looking for any tips for my new but small garden.

    Anyway, recently I am more and more interested in edible plants growing nearby. As I am new in Canada (I previously lived in central Europe), I would like to know if edible wild plants "are a thing" also here. I am a zero-waste person and try to live ecologically, so a possibility to eat something that grows free is perfect for me.

    In my hometown I used to go to the fields and pick some dandelions and add them into my salad (ofc I know that they are here as well). What else can I pick them? Is it safe?

    I'm looking forward to your answers!

    Have a good day!
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Renowned Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    There are many eastern Canadian plants that are edible. The term of the moment for people who harvest wild edibles is "foragers", so seek out the foraging community (either via Meet-Up or perhaps posters at local organic farms / gardens).

    Of course, please do your foraging ethically -- biodiversity is under enough stress as it is from urban & agricultural displacement and habitat loss / shifting. One example locally is people overharvesting stinging nettles, which is an important larval (caterpillar) host plant for many local butterflies.
     
  3. Nataliee

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    Thank you for that. I will try my best to do my foraging (I had no idea that it was called like this) responsibly.
     
  4. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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