Edible and Medicinal Plants: Past and Present

Amy Loving

Amy Loving

Amy Loving, Education Coordinator at Nahant Marsh will take us on a virtual hike of Nahant Marsh explaining about plants that are found on the trails at Nahant. Amy will also bring examples of plants. Nahant has a plethora of wild plants such as: elderberries, catnip, black cherry tree, anise hyssop, bee balm, cattails, spiderwort, sumac…just to name a few.

If you want to forge for edible and medicinal plants on your own, Amy has these suggestions. “When foraging for edible and medicinal plants, one must take in to account several things – basic plant identification, a good guide book (the Peterson field guides are wonderful, but I also like Sylvan Runkels guides because they include interesting tidbits about Native American uses, what plants to avoid, what time of year will certain plants be ready for harvesting, location (some parks do not allow you to pick anything), etc.”

Before you try to be Euell Gibbons as you forage on your next hike, come to our program on Monday, April, 20, 2015 at 7:00 at the Moline Library in the Bronze Room to learn how to identify and use wild plants!

Photo Credit:  Cattails by Jpaw1991 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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