Eating Plants With These Characteristics May Be Hazardous To Your Health
Foraging for edible wild plants can be quite an adventure. Some of the most tasty and nutritious food can be found right in your own back yard or not far from your home. However, one thing is very important – don’t eat any wild plant that you cannot make a positive identification of, and know it’s safe.
I know that goes without saying, really, but there are some wild plants out there that can fool you – they may closely resemble true edible plants but not be the real deal. The chart below shows you some common signs of plants that might be dangerous to consume. Use this information and be safe in your search for the good ones!
Quickly, a few tips to keep in mind while out foraging:
When you feel sure you know what a plant is, always double check because there are definitely non-edible lookalikes out there.
Only harvest as much as you really need, and avoid removing all the plants of any given type from a specific area.
Know that harvesting roots kills the plant, so ask yourself if the plant is abundant in the area before you start taking the roots. This is just being respectful of nature.
Avoid foraging and harvesting plants from areas that may have been chemically treated or sprayed, for example roadsides or near industrial complexes.
Check out this chart and perhaps print it out and keep for a handy reference. Please share this article if you enjoy and find it useful!