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Wild edibles of the lowcountry


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Wild edibles of the lowcountry

  1. 1. Wild Edibles of the lowcountry
  2. 2. A little background...
  3. 3. A little background... Please realize that I’m not
  4. 4. A little background... Please realize that I’m not
  5. 5. A little background... Please realize that I’m not And...don’t ever eat anything you’re not 100% sure about.
  6. 6. A little background... Please realize that I’m not And...don’t ever eat anything you’re not 100% sure about.
  7. 7. This is a sea turtle.
  8. 8. Wild Edibles in the LowcountryForaging for fun and education.
  9. 9. Yaupon HollyIlex Vomitoria
  10. 10. Natural History✤ Species ‘vomitoria’ misnomer✤ Only native plant in North America that contains caffeine.✤ Grows along coastal areas, but extends into the piedmont regions✤ part of the holly genus of trees.
  11. 11. Cultural History✤ Native Americans used Yaupon Holly in their purification ceremonies (Cassina Ceremony) aka Black Drink Ceremony.✤ Yaupon Holly stayed the cravings of caffeine from Boston Tea party activists.
  12. 12. Glasswortsalicornia europaea
  13. 13. Natural History✤ succulent halophytes (juicy salt-loving plants)✤ also known as sea pickle✤ turns a reddish orange color around flowering time (fall)✤ early succession in salt marshes include glasswort because of its high tolerance to salt inundation
  14. 14. Cultural History✤ Historically, glasswort was burned down to ash to make soda ash which is a key ingredient in glass and soap making.
  15. 15. American Beauty BerryCallicarpa americana
  16. 16. Natural History✤ callicarpinal, found in the leaves, is an active compound used in mosquito repellent.✤ Often the berries are used to make jelly, jam, or wine.✤ The berries, leaves and roots have also been used as remedies for colic and dropsy.
  17. 17. Cultural History✤ Native americans used Beautyberries from the roots: stomach ache and fever, from the leaves sweat baths for treatment of malaria
  18. 18. Dog Fennel Eupatorium capillifoliumDate
  19. 19. Natural History✤ Often considered a pest plant/ weed.✤ has a slight licorice odor and flavor✤ mild muscle relaxant✤ can sooth burns✤ aid in stomach ache
  20. 20. Pennywort (dollar weed)hydrocotyle sp.
  21. 21. Natural History✤ Water and shade loving✤ completely edible, just make sure to watch where you pick it up.✤ nutritious via some minerals, but otherwise good garnish or used in salads.✤ not to be mistaken for Gotu Kola, which is highly medicinal and used all over the world.
  22. 22. Gotu Kolacentella asiatica
  23. 23. Natural History✤ Used widely around the world as a well known tonic, stimulant, dieuretic, antibacterial, anti inflammatory.✤ It grows wild in SC.✤ hard to differentiate from common dollarweed/ pennywort
  24. 24. Pinepinus taeda
  25. 25. Natural History✤ High in vitamin A and C, pine needles can be cooked in water to make a refreshing, albeit, potentially strong tea.✤ Young pine cones contain tender seeds that can be eaten
  26. 26. Thank you!!!