How to: Foraging for Summer Edibles 14 - Anise Hyssop

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07/17/2014
Anise hyssop is wild spice that I discovered almost by accident. Actually, I more felt like the plant spoke to me, asking me to pick a leaf and smell it. To my surprise it smelled a lot like licorice.

Although, this is not a licorice plant, it is a useful plant raw or dried for flavoring food, salads, and as a tea. It also has medicinal properties. Being an expectorant - meaning it suppresses coughs and loosens phlegm.

Also, at this time, early to mid-summer cattails have finished pollinating and their leaves are long and tall. Cattail leaves are great for weaving; making basketry, mats, screens, cordage, as well as making shoes and dolls!

The plants featured are:
Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
Cattails (Typha spp.)

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FORAGING RULES:
1). Only harvest plants that you have 110% positively identified.

2). Only harvest from areas where you have permission to do so.

3). Only harvest from areas you know are not sprayed, contaminated, or polluted.

4).Only use your harvest after they have been well washed in water.

5). Only ingest small amounts at first; If you choose to do so it is AT YOUR OWN RISK! DO NOT use this short video as the source of truth...DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH and/or find someone in your area who is knowledgeable and competent

#5 is especially important if you are new to wild foraging. Aside from the obvious dangers of thistles, poison ivy, poison oak, and deadly water hemlock...Many wild plants contain off the charts vitamins and minerals which might create a shock to your system...considering the nutrient count of your average domesticated vegetable foodstuffs.

Also and adendem to rule #1 is follow Green Deane's of EatTheWeeds I.T.E.M-ize Rules:
(I)dentify the plant beyond doubt....be sure it is the right
(T)ime of year. Check its
(E)nvironment. This involves two things. One is making sure it is growing in the right place. The other is making sure the plant is getting clean water and is not in polluted soil. And then...
(M)ethod of preparation.

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