Fields, forests, marshes and bogs are filled with thousands of wild edible and medicinal plants containing trace minerals, vitamins, phyto-nutrients, and healing compounds not found in the narrow selection of fruits and vegetables at the grocery store.
The outer edges of Dryad's Saddle or Pheasant Back, (Polyporous squamosus,) are great when simmered in a little oil and butter! Better to harvest them when they are small, as shown above.
Marsh Marigold leaves, or "Cowslips," are delicious when harvested before they stop blooming and properly prepared. Caution! The milky sap is mildly toxic, so leaves must be cooked in three changes of boiling water for ten to fifteen minutes, before eating!
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Are you a person more at home walking a field or forest than in a large city? Would you rather hunt wild edible mushrooms, search for turtles in a brook, or follow deer through the woods than channel surf your wide screen TV? Does rampant urban development and suburban sprawl frighten you, because of your concern for the wild inhabitants of planet earth?
If you answered yes to these questions, then you will understand the guiding philosophy of this website, which simply stated is;
Welcome to BackyardWilderness.com!
Humans must become caretakers of planet earth and apply intelligent, compassionate,
responsible action to restore and maintain its ecological health and destiny.
Please join me on the following pages exploring nature, and learning how to live in harmony with the natural world...