Here as some great photographs from our Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants course that happened on July 27 & 28 (Thanks Lynn!). This gives you a good taste for some of the things you can do with common plants that grow around you.
Here two of the students enjoy gathering red huckleberries in the deep shade of the forest at Alderleaf Wilderness College.
Here is a nice pile of freshly harvested hairy cat's-ear stalks (Hypochaeris radicata) ready for cooking. These wild edibles are very nice when steamed like asparagus.
Here is a delicious looking salad of wild greens and wildflowers. The variety of wild edible plants in the Pacific Northwest is truly impressive.
Here is a lovely and nutritious wild greens pesto. Pestos like this one can be made out of a variety of wild greens including chickweed, dandelion and stinging nettle.
An impressively large rose hip, which is a vitamin-C rich wild fruit produced by rose bushes. The reddish pulp is a useful food, with good flavor and texture.
Here is a jar of yarrow waiting to be covered in alcohol and aged so that it can be made into a medicinal tincture.
This jar of yarrow tincture has been left to infuse for a few months. It is now ready to be filtered and poured into dropper bottles.
Students also made salves, which are a mixture of pure beeswax and oil infused with one or several medicinal herbs. They are great for soothing and helping the skin heal.
Tinctures and salves are great things to add to your wilderness first aid kit. Different plants can be great for helping with colds, sore throats, stings, burns and more.