From left to right is white yarrow, oregano, and dandelion greens.
I love my "woods-walks"! Walking for exercise is more fun when I have things to forage. Here in the North Idaho woods surrounding my condo there's lots to see and gather.
On a recent woods-walk I found...
Wild white yarrow: The blossoms and some of the leaves I dry and use mixed with other herbs - peppermint and thyme - to make herbal teas when I suffer from colds and flu. White yarrow can also be used to help heal minor wounds.
Oregano and yarrow hang to dry from a beaded curtain separating kitchen from dining room.
Oregano: - Not a "wild" species, but foraged along the trail where a large patch of it has naturalized likely escaping from a home up on the hill. I use it fresh during the spring, summer, and early fall to season sauces, pizza, etc., and gather bunches just before it flowers to dry for Winter use. The bunches are tied with cotton string and hung to dry. Once dried the leaves are stripped from the stems, put into bottles and used in recipes and herbal teas all Winter long.
Oregano has anti-fungal, antibiotic, and more wonderful attributes. Good also for colds and coughs.
Dandelion greens: These are a tasty Spring, Summer, and Fall green in cooked dishes and salads...if you enjoy a bit of bitter. If you like curly kale and mustard greens you might fall in love with dandelions! They do get more bitter once they start blooming, so grab some early in the Spring or in the Autumn when new plants put forth their bright green leaves. I like them enough that I'll eat them after blossoming, as well. Cooking mitigates bitterness somewhat.
Dijon mustard, soy sauce, garlic, pepper flakes, and lemon juice and rind - anything with "savor" works well with the robust flavor of dandelion greens.
Medicinally dandelion greens and roots augment digestive, urinary, and liver health. Toasted dandelion root makes a delicious, "coffee-esque" drink that when mixed with foamed milk - dairy, soy, or coconut - I like to call a "dande-ccino".
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On a recent woods-walk/foraging expedition I surprised this young buck just awakening to the day.