When most people hear the word preseason, images of baseballs, footballs, or other sports-related items likely come to mind. Not so with this homesteading gal!
This past weekend, my husband and I enjoyed several glorious hours on a beautiful Saturday morning checking out all my secret foraging spots. The wonderful things we saw!
Wild roses are popping out. I’m eager to try rose-infused honey this year as well as make rosehip jam. I’ll continue to drink the dried hips in tea as well. Roses contain many wonderful properties, such as a powerful dose of vitamin C along with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
Another lovely sight was my secret wild plum grove, thick with tiny plums! They make an amazing jam and are just the right size when ripe to pop into your mouth for a snack !
Another bright spot (literally) in the day was what we commonly refer to as honeysuckle but is in fact no relation. Red Columbine is tasty but a tease – one teensy drop of sweet honey flavor at the rounded end of each petal.
Continuing our journey, we found a new stand – wintergreen! This sweet little plant is a great way to perk up a cup of tea.
Also spied with my little eye? The classics! A bumper crop year of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, chokecherries, and Saskatoons (June berries)! The wild strawberries are even flowering this year which leads me to believe I may have a chance at a few of them!
I also won’t discount all my wonderful herbal friends, often relegated to the “weed” category – dandelions, yellow dock, burdock, bittercress, plantain and MANY more!
And, not to be outdone by the plant life, we also enjoyed checking out some seriously enormous wolf prints. We haven’t seen a wolf near the homestead for two years but tracks have been more frequent lately.
I haven’t been great at keeping up with my blog lately but with all my upcoming foraging you may soon have had too much of me! As I foray into my secret wilderness, I’ll provide more in-depth plant and herb profiles along with tasty and healthy (sometimes 😉) ways to enjoy them.
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❤️ – Miranda