As winter eases into spring and the ground warms, plants are unfurling — offering food to the foragers and wild harvesters who know how to find them.
Purple deadnettle, cleavers, chickweed, dandelions, dock, catsear, wild onions, miner’s lettuce, brassicas and English daisies are among the treasures hiding in plain sight.
As long as humans have lived, they have foraged for food. The advent of grocery stores makes it easy for most to leave harvesting to the professionals. But some popular books and social media influencers have encouraged more people to notice the abundance around them.
The bestselling book “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer beckons readers to understand themselves as a part of nature and to therefore engage in a reciprocal relationship with the living world.