Overharvesting, particularly due to commercial collection of medicinal plants has brought many once plentiful plant species to the brink of extinction. As foragers we should adopt an attitude of green guardianship for our planet.
Here are some rules that every forager should live and breathe by:
Once you have collected your wild edibles make sure your body will not reject this new food:
Wild edibles should be harvested when the oils responsible for flavour and aroma are at their peak. Proper timing depends on the plant part you are harvesting and the intended use.
If you are collecting wild edible weeds for their foliage then to maximize the nutritional content, they should be harvested before they flower. After flowering they are still good for you and they still contain vitamins, minerals and nutrients, just not as plentiful.
Optimal time for collecting flowers such as chamomile should be done just before it reaches its maximum size.
Harvest roots, such as burdock, chicory or goldenseal is best in the autumn after the foliage fades.
Some general guidelines are:
Please see preserving wild food for information on how to store the edible plants you forage.
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