What do you think people ate before there were supermarkets? Go even farther back in time: What do you think people ate before they learned how to farm? Early peoples did very nicely foraging for their food (and hunting game, too, of course). And we can do very nicely today doing the same thing.
There are wonderful edibles out in the wilds of Wisconsin free for the taking. All you have to know is how to positively identify any food you would like to taste.
Do you like strawberries? Then you’ll love wild strawberries, tiny morsels that are even better than the kind you find in markets.
Do you like a little bite in your salad? Then hunt for some watercress and toss a few leaves in with the lettuce.
Have you heard that almost all of a cattail is edible? It’s true. You wouldn’t go hungry if you could find only cattails to eat.
You might want to start out with some plants you already know, like dandelions (the young leaves are good in salad and the roots make a nice tea), or wild mint (the minty smell is unmistakable). Use a clear field guide or this preliminary list of edible plants of Wisconsin (and your parents’ help) so you’ll know what is what (and what look-alikes to avoid).
Enjoy your gourmet gathering!
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