D Tucholske wrote:Have you tried all these personally? I'll give Merissa Lee the White Cedar tea, as she explained it pretty well. But a few of these really concern me:
--American Holly. As far as I know, the only safely edible Holly in the entire world is Yaupon.
--Red Chokeberry might be fine, but I haven't heard anyone bring it up as an edible. That might only be just because the Black ones are preferable.
--Witch Hazel also bothers me.
--Wild Indigo I know about, generally speaking. I didn't add it to my own list for two reasons-- 1) There is only one source claiming Native Americans ate the plant, everyone else says it's poisonous. 2) The usage the source brings up is identical to Spikenard, which happens to have vaguely similar looking fruit. So, I chocked it up as being a likely mixup.
--American Lettuce. Everything I know of concerning that plant says it's dangerous. All I know is I don't want to be the one to test it.
--You bring up Hercules Club, which I know better as Devil's Walking Stick. I'm not 100% sure on the edibility myself, but I know it was used medicinally. That's another one of those plants in the Spikenard family.
--Tobacco is not edible. In fact, the only cases of ingestion I know of amongst Native peoples came from some references to Iroquois Shamans & seems similarly ritualistic to what's on that Wiki page about South American Shamanic use.
--Willow could be edible. I've heard of Inuits eating willow leaves, but I also know that Willows worldwide are a very powerful & anciently used numbing agent. I tried chewing a leaf once after hearing about Inuits. It was in my mouth for all of two seconds, because it tasted terrible & just from that my mouth was numb for about 20 minutes. But, if you know how to eat them, I'd really like some clarification on the matter.
--You have the wrong Soapberry. That one is poisonous. There is a plant with edible fruit which is sometimes called a Soapberry, but it's not that one. I'm assuming it should be this:
--Canna should be in your naturalized or invasive section, I think. Unless there is a native species, I don't know.
Several of these are good, though. I do thank you for the contribution. I just want to make sure we're all on the same page, here.