The Universal Edibility Test is important to follow before consuming foraged foods. Many wild plants, berries, shrubs, flowers, and trees taste great - but they can also cause serious health problems if not tested first. Always test a new foraged food before eating.
Amygdalin, or B17, is very important to incorporate into our daily diet. It not only helps to prevent cancer, in many cases, B17 has been successfully used to treat cancer. It occurs naturally in many of our foods and in alfalfa!
There are many autumn foraging opportunities out there to be had. Don't pack away your tools for the season – not quite yet! Get out your shovel, trowel and knife because the fall time is a great time for root collecting and perhaps some fungi if you're lucky.
Kevin Duffy is a well-seasoned wild food educator in southern Indiana. The second edition of his Harvesting Nature's Bounty is now available. This 296-page book is a great resource for the beginner or intermediate forager.
May is morel month and many a forager is out there in hopes of finding this popular fungi. Discovering morels can be a hit or miss situation but either way the search for them makes for a great outing.