Wild Edibles in Your Backyard
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There's a delicious salad in your backyard, just waiting for you to pick, wash, and eat. All you need to know is which plants are edible. This class focuses on which plants and parts can be eaten, so check out our Medicinal Ohio Plants class if you're more interested in that aspect.
Instructor Annette Davis, who also teaches a canning and food preservation course at Omega, also graces us for this edibles workshop -- she's an all-around planting-to-harvest guru.
"Wild Edibles in Your Backyard" will give students a detailed rundown of many common native Ohio plants that are nutritious, edible and widely available. We will focus heavily on plant identification, safety, foraging, and uses in food preparation.
MANY actual plant specimens (gathered here in Dayton, Ohio) will be presented and studied in class to assist students with identification and getting to know the plants in a hands-on manner. The shop ends up looking like a jungle for Annette's class...she really spoils us with the specimens!
Depending on availability/seasonality, the plants discussed may include: Wild asparagus Autumn olive berries Burdock root Salsify Sassafras Hackberry Linden (basswood) Black walnut, hickorynut, chestnut Acorns Thistles Milkweed Dandelion Black cherry Cattail Lamb's quarters Pigweed/ amaranth Wild grapes Hosta Sheep sorrel Hazelnut Wild carrot Elderberry Garlic mustard Ox eye daisy Chicory Ground cherry Wild raspberry Purslane Violets Mallow.
Book recommendations and a few recipes will also be provided! Click above to sign up today.