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April 25, 2011

Picture of the week (Trout Lily)

Filed under: Picture of the week,Wild Edibles — Tags: , , — Marcus @ 6:13 am

I have been very busy the last couple weeks trying to get out and find as many wild edibles as I can.  Last Thursday I headed out on my Kayak and went down to one of the islands on the Chagrin river to explore it and see what I could find there.  Wow, I found so much.  I am still working to identify a bunch of what I found last week.  One plant that I just learned about this year is the Trout Lily, I have been finding Trout Lily’s all over the place now that I know what to look for, and they have made a nice snack while I am out, the bulb root is edible on these and it tastes a bit like cucumbers.  However from reading Peterson’s Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants, you only want to eat a few of them as Trout Lily’s can have the effect of being a mild emetic (A substance that induces vomiting, like syrup of ipecac), however you would only run into that if you were to feast on the plant from my reading.

Also of interest, all of the greens in the background of this picture are wild onions.  Almost the entire island was covered in them!

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  1. The Trout Lily is also common here in NW Pa. and grows everywhere in our woods.
    Nice to know the name of this common plant. Thanks.

    Mom

    Comment by Mom — April 25, 2011 @ 8:04 am

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