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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Foraging.

Foraging is like gardening but without all the planting, weeding, nibbler protection or watering.  If you live in the country there are lots of road sides to search.  These must be wild foods - not gleaning or harvesting from an actively cultivated space.

Plant identification is the most important part of foraging.  Get one or two good books on the edibles of your region.  Be sure you know what you're picking!

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
Make a cup of tea from one of:
- nettle
- rose hips
- mint
- pineapple weed
- raspberry leaves
- chaga mushrooms
- pine needle
- fir tip
- Ceanothus americanus/new jersey tea
- kinnikinnick
- sumac
- Linden flower
- wild strawberry leaf
- fireweed
- birch bark/leaves
- clover
- rose petals
- dandelion
- bullthistle

To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
 - A picture of one of the plants in the wild
 - A picture of the harvested goods with the remaining plant in the background
 - A picture of the yummy tea in a cup

Clarifications:
 - This is "Foraging" so the plants can not be cultivated by you.
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Mike Jay wrote:Make a cup of tea from one of:
- nettle
- rose hips
- mint
- pineapple weed



What might be added to this list?
 
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Raspberry leaves and chaga mushrooms (grow on birch trees) are good ones from my bioregion.
 
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Pine needle & fir tip
Ceanothus americanus/new jersey tea
Kinnikinnick
Sumac
Linden flower
Wild strawberry leaf
Fireweed
Birch bark/leaves
Clover
Sage
Rose petals

Birch is the only one I haven't had. I can affirm that none of the others are gross :)
 
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Dandelion is also good, so is bullthistle. It's a lot tastier than cooking them, and easier, too!

I'll add everyone's suggestions to the list. Paul can always take the ones off that he doesn't want there.
 
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I made a cup of dandelion tea (I would have done mint, but I have acid reflux, and mint messes with that)
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dandelions
dandelions
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dandelions harvested for tea
dandelions harvested for tea
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boiling up dandelion tea
boiling up dandelion tea
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straining dandelion tea
straining dandelion tea
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I certify that this BB is complete!

 
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I made some chaga tea today.  The missus does it all the time but I figured I'd document doing it myself.  Chaga grows on birch trees.  If you see something similar on a cherry it is not chaga!

I broke off a small chunk (it almost fell off), ground it up with the mortar and pestle and used a tea ball clasper thingie to steep it in.  It doesn't have much taste (to me) but it's apparently good for you.

That's a huge 16 oz mug so that's why it's only half full.
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chaga on birch
chaga on birch
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chaga harvested from birch
chaga harvested from birch
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prepping chaga with mortor and pestle
prepping chaga with mortor and pestle
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grinding chaga
grinding chaga
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steeped chaga tea
steeped chaga tea
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I certify this BB is complete!

 
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On a bushcraft and foraging course I did a few years ago we made a pine needle tea (I didn't enjoy it!).

The instructors recounted the story of one participant who, after trying pine needle tea decided to make some for himself at a later date. I he misidentified the tree and made a cup of yew leaf tea. Yew is highly poisonous - active compounds in the leaves rapidly stop the hearts of mammals, and the leaves are harvested by pharmaceutical companies for making heart medication. This chap gave himself permanent heart damage and spent a week in hospital.

Make sure you positively ID anything you consume!
 
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Wild strawberry leaf tea.
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Strawberry plants
Strawberry plants
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Picking strawberry leaves
Picking strawberry leaves
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Strawberry plants after picking leaves
Strawberry plants after picking leaves
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Leaves in cup
Leaves in cup
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Adding hot water
Adding hot water
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Tea after straining leaves
Tea after straining leaves
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This BB is certified complete. Good job!

 
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I recently learned that clover are in the pea family.  Huh.  Anyway, I made some clover-mint tea and it was delicious.  Kinda like Celestial Seasonings, but with a pulse.

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Red (purple?) clover in a field.
Red (purple?) clover in a field.
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Mint along the edge
Mint along the edge
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Harvested goods with plant in the background.
Harvested goods with plant in the background.
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Ingredients assembled!
Ingredients assembled!
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A cup of tea.
A cup of tea.
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I certify this BB is complete. Cool cup too.

 
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Michael Cox wrote:On a bushcraft and foraging course I did a few years ago we made a pine needle tea (I didn't enjoy it!).

The instructors recounted the story of one participant who, after trying pine needle tea decided to make some for himself at a later date. I he misidentified the tree and made a cup of yew leaf tea. Yew is highly poisonous - active compounds in the leaves rapidly stop the hearts of mammals, and the leaves are harvested by pharmaceutical companies for making heart medication. This chap gave himself permanent heart damage and spent a week in hospital.

Make sure you positively ID anything you consume!


If you don't know the difference between pine and yew after a foraging course ... it wasn't a good course!
 
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A little morning walk alongside the water, before the sun became too hot. To pick some herbs for a cup of 'morning tea'.


Stinging nettles, plenty of them


Picked some tops of nettles for my tea


Yarrow grows at the other side of the path, higher and dryer


Mint grows very close to the water (when the water is higher it even grows in the water)


All herbs gathered


Give them a short boil. Then wait for a few minutes


Pour in the tea mug through a tea strainer


A nice cup of morning tea!
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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This is Colorado in early fall, so some of these plants aren't common on the prairie. But I found something just as nice.

Moonshine Yarrow and some common Milkweed. It looks like a Datura, and is a distant relative.




Here they are with the aromatics remove from the stalk, seeds removed from the pods, since it's mostly fluff to help the seeds spread.


The usual suspects. Distilled water and a nice, heavily used kettle.

And here they are steeping in the pot. I've got a cup in hand right now.

So, I added some sugar and a bit of apple cider vinegar. Milkweed is somewhat toxic, so I added a small amount of the seeds. Milkweed, like most datura relatives, can interfere with heart function in high doses. This takes the form of lower blood pressure, and potential arrhythmic heartbeat.

In smaller doses, it does help to calm and regulate the bowels. Supposedly.


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Sorry, this one is rejected for to not being a plant from the list and also for not having the required pictures

 
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After having read the list of allowed plants, despairing that I couldn't find any in the local state park, I went out looking for Spruce.

Blue Spruce in particular, is very distinct from other spruces and pines, and very distinct from Yew and other toxic trees.

Nice thing about Blue Spruce is the entire tree is edible. Bark, cambium, 'fruit', and the boughs themselves.

It was even used by the US Army back in the 1800s, as part of their rations.

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Closer up. Definitely blue spruce.
Closer up. Definitely blue spruce.
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blue spruce tips
blue spruce tips
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I could have gotten more by chewing the needles, but I'd rather let them sit.
I could have gotten more by chewing the needles, but I'd rather let them sit.
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Blue spruce tip tea
Blue spruce tip tea
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The requirements do want a photo of the harvest with the plant in the background but I certify this BB complete. And your new air badge!

 
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Thanks, but I'm def gonna work on this further. Just cleaning the spruce tips wasn't enough. But boiling them will ruin the nutrition.

I think I might have to try and mash them in something, then put that in the water.
 
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Our rose hips are just starting to turn red. Today I was able to gather enough for a cup of tea.

Wild rose hips


Enough rose hips for a cup of tea.


Bruising the hips to release the flavor.


Small handful of hips to one pint water, simmered for 15 minutes.


Rose hip tea with a drizzle of honey.
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I certify this BB is complete.

 
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I collected some wild strawberry leaves for me tea. I would never have thought to try it.
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wild strawberries
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collected wild strawberries
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tea with leaves
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Wild strawberry tea
Wild strawberry tea
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I certify this BB complete along with your new air badge!

 
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Out for a swim at the quarry today and thought I would get some wild strawberry leaves for a cuppa once I got home.
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Wild strawberries
Wild strawberries
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Foraging wild strawberry leaves for tea.
Foraging wild strawberry leaves for tea.
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Wild strawberry tea with leaves steeping.
Wild strawberry tea with leaves steeping.
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete!

 
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