How Not to Drop Dead in the Woods
There are times when knowing you're ignorant is more painful than simple blithe ignorance. Out in the woods, for instance. All around are seeds, nuts, berries, barks, growing green things of all shapes and varieties.... And you know, just know, that a lot of it is edible, even healthy. And that some of it will kill you. Or at best make you pitiful and bedraggled. You just don't know which is which, and so you abstain altogether.
Here's a chance to walk through the woods feeling less ignorant. On Sunday, September 9, the Morrill Homestead in Strafford will be offering a walk through its neighboring woods, called, "Fiddleheads, Lamb’s Quarters, Nettles and Nuts: Wild Edible, Medicinal & Poisonous Plants." The walk is from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.
Here's the description from Michael Caduto, director of the Morrill Homestead, who'll be leading the event...
Which wild plant has sap containing salicylic acid (aspirin)? Why do apple seeds contain a touch of cyanide? What native plants can cure warts, or treat poison ivy? Which has more vitamin C—a glass of orange juice or a glass of hemlock tea? On this walk we’ll share Colonial and Native American folklore and information to learn about the myths and realities concerning the uses of wild plants for food, medicine and materials, as well as identifying poisonous plants to avoid. We’ll taste plants in the field and sample a mystery wild treat.
The cost is $10 for adults, $5.00 for anyone under 15. Here's where to register online.