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Edible moss or lichens in Oregon/Washington?

 
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Anyone know of any edible mosses or lichens in Oregon/Washington, and also have a link to pictures or description on how to identify them? And if you've tried some, what was your take on the flavor?

THANKS!
 
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I think pretty much all lichens are edible, though not necessarily palatable. Usnea is really common around here. Very mild, slightly... lemony? IDK I use it in teas.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usnea
 
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Landon Sunrich wrote:I think pretty much all lichens are edible, though not necessarily palatable. Usnea is really common around here. Very mild, slightly... lemony? IDK I use it in teas.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usnea



What trees do you most commonly find it on? I live in the Columbia Gorge, so I'm wondering if it is present around here?
 
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Oh, it's everywhere. My two old apple trees are covered with it.
 
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Landon Sunrich wrote:Oh, it's everywhere. My two old apple trees are covered with it.



Thanks, I'll take a look into.

If you get a chance, please check out my post https://permies.com/t/42657/plants/Lichen-ID#334527 . You may be able to ID one of them?
 
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