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Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

2009 Foraging Key

Plant Common Name Scientific Name Foraging
Identification /
Food & Medicine Details
Traditional Medicinal /
Food Uses
Eastern White Pine Pinus strobus Pine Needle Tea (June 20, 2009)

Pine Needle & Twig Tea (June 28, 2009)

Pine & Wintergreen-aide (July 13, 2009)
Local Images Eastern White Pine
Identification & Medicinal Uses
Needles (Tea/Infusion): Anti-aging; Treatment for colds, flu, sore throat, skin disorders, physical and mental fatigue, scurvy, grey hair.
Twigs (Tea/Infusion): Treatment for kidney and pulmonary disorders.
Bark (Tea/Decoction): Treatment for rheumatism, arthritis, menopausal symptoms, breathing problems, inflammation.
Inner Bark: Food
Pine Nuts (Seeds): Food
Common Dandelion Taraxacum officinale Dandelion Greens (June 28, 2009) Local Images Dandelion
Identification & Medicinal Uses
Liver and blood cleanser. Treatment for hepatitis, skin problems, infections, gallstones, cirrhosis, swollen/red/painful eyes, digestive problems, fever, carious teeth. Used as part of a treatment for diabetes and hypoglycemia.
Pitch Pine Pinus rigida Pitch Pine identification for future foraging (June 30, 2009) Local Images Pitch Pine
Identification & Medicinal Uses
Wintergreen (Checkerberry, Teaberry) Gaultheria procumbens Wintergreen tea (July 3, 2009)

Wintergreen tea (July 7, 2009)

Pine & Wintergreen-aide (July 13, 2009)

Trail-side nibble (August 9, 2009)
Local Images Wintergreen
Identification & Medicinal Uses
American Beech Fagus grandifolia American Beech identification for future foraging (July 3, 2009)

Images with new iPhone 3GS camera (August 9, 2009)
Local Images American Beech
Identification & Medicinal Uses
Common Mullein Verbascum thapsus Common Mullein identification for future foraging (July 5, 2009) Local Images Common Mullein
Identification & Medicinal Uses
Red Pine (Norway Pine) Pinus resinosa Red Pine identification for future foraging (July 5, 2009) Local Images Red Pine
Identification & Medicinal Uses
Eastern Hemlock (Canadian Hemlock) Tsuga canadensis Eastern Hemlock identification for future foraging (July 7, 2009)

Eastern Hemlock tree tea (August 9, 2009)
Local Images Eastern Hemlock
Identification & Medicinal Uses
Lowbush Blueberry (American Blueberry, Low Sweet Blueberry) Vaccinium angustifolium Blueberries for food (July 12, 2009)

Wild Blueberry and Hemp Shake (July 19, 2009)
Local Images Lowbush Blueberry
Identification & Medicinal Uses
Wood Sorrel, Common Yellow (Sour Grass) Oxalis stricta Common Yellow Wood Sorrel on dinner noodles (July 13, 2009)

Oxalis Cooler (July 17, 2009)

Wood Sorrel Plaster (July 18, 2009)
Local Images Common Yellow Wood Sorrel
Identification & Medicinal Uses
Black Raspberry (Blackcap) Rubus occidentalis Black Raspberry identification for future foraging (July 16, 2009) Local Images Black Raspberry
Identification & Medicinal Uses
Common Sheep Sorrel (Red Sorrel, Sour Weed) Rumex acetosella Sorrel Soup (July 17, 2009)

Sorrel Soup (July 22, 2009)
Local Images Common Sheep Sorrel
Identification & Medicinal Uses
Highbush Blueberry Vaccinium corymbosum Wild Blueberry and Hemp Shake (July 19, 2009) Local Images Highbush Blueberry
Identification & Medicinal Uses
Red Clover Trifolium pratense Red Clover medicinal tea (July 20, 2009) Local Images Red Clover
Identification & Medicinal Uses
Partridge Berry (Checkerberry, Squaw Vine, Deer Berry, Winter Clover) Mitchella repens Partridge Berry trailside nibble. (July 28, 2009)

Partridge Berry trailside nibble. (August 10, 2009)
Local Images Partridge Berry
Identification & Medicinal Uses
Jewelweed (Spotted Touch-me-not) Impatiens capensis Identification for future foraging. (August 1, 2009)

Jewelweed topical tea (August 4, 2009)
Local Images Jewelweed
Identification & Medicinal Uses
Purple-flowering Raspberry Rubus odoratus Identification for future foraging. (August 4, 2009) Local Images Purple-flowering Raspberry
Identification & Medicinal Uses
Common Yarrow Achillea millefolium Identification for future foraging. (August 9, 2009) Local Images Common Yarrow
Identification & Medicinal Uses