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Foraging Calendar

Foraging Calendar

Wild edible plants are delightfully in season for most of the year. To help you plan your foraging menus, we put together this foraging calendar of a small selection of our favorites from the book that are easy to find through most of North America and beyond. We will change the calendar four times a year: early spring, spring, summer and autumn-winter.

Autumn Winter Foraging Calendar
PlantPhotoTasteNutrition*SeasonPreparation
Chickweed
stellaria media
Chickweed

Mild tips

Vitamins A, D, B complex, C, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, sodium, copper, silica

March
April

Cooked

dandelion
taraxicum officinale
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pick when young and tender. a little bite but not bitter.

USDA bulletin #8: dandelion greens rank among the top 4 green vegetables in nutrition. beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, B, micronutrients.

fall

cook lightly or very young with vinaigrette

queen anne’s lace fruits
Daucus carota
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intense carrot, coriander, peppery.
Use fruits only, not leaves or roots.

digestive soothing, diuretic, used historically to prevent pregnancy from a tea.

Early fall. Note caution about other members of carrot family which are poisonous. Check ID and look for only fruits.

ground, dried, fried
savory and sweet

staghorn sumac
Rhus typhina
Meadows_Sumac819.EIP.p

tart, clean dry

high in vitamin C, antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties

early fall

tea
spice
savory and sweet

wild cress aka hairy bittercress
cardamine hirsuta
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fresh with peppery kick

fall winter

raw or cooked

*For general information purposes only and not to be construed as medical advice or instruction.
Consult your medical practitioner with any specific questions as they pertain to you.