Warren David wrote:
I drink tila (aka tilia) every morning. It is made from the flowers of lime trees (linden or basswood in N. America). It's quite popular in parts of Europe.
Mind you I just buy it from the supermarket because I don't have lime tree.
Sorry, I wouldn't know a changa mushroom if it bit me. I am only comfgortable harvesting morels. I would love to walk the woods and know what was edible, but I wouldn't know where to start.
Joe O' wrote:
as far as Sumac goes....
You can put a piece of the sumac in your mouth and see if it's very sour tasting. Around here in northern illinois, they're usually ready in about a month or so. August through September as a general harvest time. Sometimes you find plants that are ready earlier, like now, and sometimes later. You just have to check for tartness. If it is, then its ready to be picked. Don't put them into hot water though. It releases tannins from the plant and will make the tea/drink bitter. Just pour cold or room temperature water over them and wait a day or so. One of my favorite drinks!
Also, from what i've heard from friends, they will lose their sour flavor after a big storm, so try to harvest them before it rains.
Hope this helps - Joe
Are there any North American native plants that I can wild harvest or plant that would supply me with caffeine? Tea, kola nuts, and coffee are all tropical, and I'd love to have my own homegrown pick-me-up. I'm not looking at other plant stimulants, like ephedra.
Labrador tea is aptly named for its edible use and can be made into a tea served hot or iced. It is caffeine free. The flavour is floral. See brewing instructions in the recipe below.
Fresh leaves can be chewed on while hiking
Fresh leaves can be used as a seasoning for meats or fish.
Use leaves fresh or dried or freeze them for year-round use.
Peony Jay wrote:Sea buckthorn. Yum!
You can find other teas here.