Native Plant Forage
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Native Plant Forage
USEFUL PLANTS OF THE SANTA ANA MOUNTAINSONLINE PHOTOS: http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/flora/1. Black Sage (Salvia mellifera) - Leaves can be eaten raw or sauteed, stewed, orbroiled with other ingredients, such as stuffing, vegetables, meats, and potatoes.Edible seeds similar to chia or flax.2. Yucca (Yucca whipplei) - Leaves have tough fibers for making rope or sandals with abitter skin that provides soap for cleaning. Stalk is full of glucose for eating or usingas a sweetener for other dishes. Flowers are edible raw. Root can be cooked likesquash.3. Coastal Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) - Acorns can be dried and leached of tannic acidto eat. Can be prepared as soup, bread, or whole nut. One the most nutritious foodsavailable.4. Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) - Leaves make great tasting tea for stomachailments.5. CA Bay Laurel (Umbellularia californica) - Fresh or dry leaves can be cooked withpinto beans, pasta sauce, or sautes. Fruit flesh can be eaten like avocado. Pit can bedry-roasted, shelled, and eaten.6. Grasses (various species) - Fresh leaves (blades) can be chewed like gum, blendedinto healthy drink, or made into tea. Fresh seeds can be eaten. Dry seeds can beground into flour for bread.7. CA Wild Rose (Rosa californica) - Fruit (hips) can be eaten fresh or dried for teawhich is high in vitamin C. Hips can be processed into jam, jelly, marmalade, andsyrup. Flowers are edible and can be used to flavor ice cream.8. Miners Lettuce (Claytonia sp.) - Fresh leaves can be collected for salad.9. Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia littoralis) - Remove spines from pads (nopales),marinate and/or cook to eat. Remove spines from fruit (tuna) and eat raw. Wild10. Cucumber (Marah macrocarpus) - spiny fruit is toxic to eat, but can be used assturdy loofah sponge for cleaning dishes when dried.FORAGING DO’S & DON’TS:1. For native plants: you might need to ask permission to collect, a permit might benecessary depending on the location.2. Be aware of the policies/practice of the landowner. Find out if there is pesticide use,fecal matter, dumping in the area you are foraging, this may contaminate your food.3. 10% rule: DO NOT collect more than 10% of the plant so that it can still reproduce.4. If you are unsure of the plant DO NOT eat it, it can actually be more harmful to eat anunknown plant than animal.5. If you are not eating the root of the plant, DO NOT take out the whole plant, prune it.6. Always pick gently so that you do not damage the plant.7. Be respectful of the plant, give thanks for feeding/helping you!8. Be aware of where you are traveling, DO NOT let the foraging distract you from yoursense of direction.9. If there is a sensitive habitat off-trail, DO NOT disturb it to collect.10. Some plants can be toxic if eaten in large quantities, BE AWARE of which onesdo this.
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