Wild Edibles Seminar to be held on Monday, May 15

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A Foraging for Wild Edibles seminar will be held at the Angelina County Extension office on Monday, May 15 at 6:30 pm. Cost is $10 per person.

It wasn’t too long ago that many of our grandparents knew what was just outside their fenced in garden that was available to eat. Indeed there are a lot of plants that you may consider weeds that are perfectly acceptable to consume and can be a regular part of your families diet.

Cherokee County Extension Horticulturalist, Kim Benton, will be on hand to identify specific plants available in our area for consumption. She’ll specifically cover what’s in season at this time as well as cover some other plants that may be available at other times of the year.

Benton will collect edible “weeds” from the grounds that day, but will cover lots of other plants that should be available in your yard throughout the year. She will discuss both conventional ornamental plants as well as common weeds. Benton is clear to point out that she cannot hope to cover all the plants that are edible, but hopes to shed some light on the more common and easily located ones.

I’ve known that dandelions are an edible plant, and I’ve even had some of the leaves in my salad greens. In fact, my research finds that every part of the plant is edible and can be used in a variety of ways.

Additionally, some specific green briar plants have edible shoots. I’ve snacked on them before while in the woods, but I did get ahold of the wrong kind one time. No damage done, but Pepto Bismol got me through my, um, wrong selection of plants.

The seminar is open to the public. No need to RSVP. For more information contact the Angelina Extension office at 936.634.6414 x 0 or email cw-sims@tamu.edu.

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Cary Sims
Cary Sims
Cary Sims is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources for Angelina County. His email address is cw-sims@tamu.edu

Educational programs of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.
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