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Licorice fern root tea. Foraged under moonlight tonight.
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Licorice fern growing on Big Leaf Maple tree.
Licorice fern growing on Big Leaf Maple tree.
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Harvesting the root.
Harvesting the root.
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Harvested root on ferns.
Harvested root on ferns.
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Steeping the root.
Steeping the root.
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The cup of hot licorice root tea.
The cup of hot licorice root tea.
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paul wheaton wrote:

Mike Jay wrote:Make a cup of tea from one of:
- nettle
- rose hips
- mint
- pineapple weed



What might be added to this list?



Could licorice fern be added to the list?  It is very common in the PNW region, and the root makes a very tasty tea!
 
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The general guidance is that if it can be foraged in Missoula we can put it on the list.  We've occasionally strayed from that guidance and then it opens up a huge can of worms with plants from all over the place being suggested.  
 
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Stinging nettle tea.
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Nettle plants in the wild.
Nettle plants in the wild.
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Harvested nettle leaves.
Harvested nettle leaves.
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Cup of nettle tea.
Cup of nettle tea.
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Note: Those nettle leaves aren't as pointy as the ones in my garden, but it seems that young nettle plants have rounder leaves.

 
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Tea made from a calendula plant I found.
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Stringing nettles (Urtica dioica) are one of our favourite foraged foods and we spend a lot of time each spring gathering them. We typically harvest the growing shoot and the next pair of leaves, pinching them off the plant. It's quite a long process but the result is delicious and feels incredibly healthy.

Whilst we usually restrict ourselves to tea and nettle soup, this year we are quite excited to try nettle alloo, nettle-stuffed tortelloni and maybe even nettle quiche!

Here's the tea...
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The nettle plant.
The nettle plant.
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Freshly picked!
Freshly picked!
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Enough for a strong cup of tea.
Enough for a strong cup of tea.
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I always wash my nettles as I want to be sure it hasn't been peed on! Also, they harbour a lot of little bugs.
I always wash my nettles as I want to be sure it hasn't been peed on! Also, they harbour a lot of little bugs.
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The finished cup of tea. These nettles are still very tender and taste almost like pea shoots!
The finished cup of tea. These nettles are still very tender and taste almost like pea shoots!
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Bonus, some nettles that we picked one day last year to make soup with. We decided to document some of these activities, hence the nicer photo.
Bonus, some nettles that we picked one day last year to make soup with. We decided to document some of these activities, hence the nicer photo.
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paul wheaton wrote:

Mike Jay wrote:Make a cup of tea from one of:
- nettle
- rose hips
- mint
- pineapple weed



What might be added to this list?



Lindera benzoin (spicebush) - leaves, twigs, berries - depends on season and final flavor you're after

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy...and a LARGE number of other common names) - I've used it 50/50 with mints like peppermint, spearmint, etc.

Sassafras albidum (sassafras) - roots...if you're not concerned about safrole or think the concentration falls within your acceptance levels. But grab the leaves while you're at it to make filé powder for the spice rack (if you like it)! The leaves have minuscule amounts of safrole.

Rubus sp. (blackberry & raspberry) - leaves

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot) - actually any of the monardas near you.

Rhus spp. (several sumacs ..NOT poison sumac which is Toxicodendron vernix) - berries - can use hot or cold. Best when the berries are fresh and have all the hairs, but ok later into winter as well (but you'll need to use more). Make sure you strain it well.



 
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I made white clover iced tea!
I used this recipe: https://www.growforagecookferment.com/white-clover-iced-tea/

White clover is one of the most abundant friendly wildflowers in my backyard.
I gathered two cups of blossom heads, moving around the area as I went so as not to noticeably diminish any particular patch.
Having rinsed the clover flowers,  I poured about eight cups of boiling water onto them in a glass pitcher. I steeped the tea for an hour, tasted it, and added the juice of half a lemon and about half a teaspoon of honey. All done, I poured myself a serving over ice and garnished. The tea is nice but a bit mild, so I will steep it longer next time. I may also add some spirits for a lovely clover cocktail.

Note, I have included a few pictures of four-leaf clovers I encountered this week for an extra bit of fun.
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Before I began foraging
Before I began foraging
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clover
clover
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two cups of foraged clover flowers
two cups of foraged clover flowers
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clover patches after foraging
clover patches after foraging
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clover patches after foraging
clover patches after foraging
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clover patches after foraging
clover patches after foraging
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served
served
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strained
strained
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steeping
steeping
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four-leaf
four-leaf
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four-leaf
four-leaf
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four-leaf
four-leaf
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four-leaf
four-leaf
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Yummy Yummy.  Not only does it tast okay. It smells absolutely marvelous
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Pine tree located
Pine tree located
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Collected ready for the tea pot
Collected ready for the tea pot
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Would you loike a cuppa tea luv?
Would you loike a cuppa tea luv?
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I found some nettles and made them into tea.  I've never had fresh leaf tea, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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stingy boys in their natural environs. Totally unaware of the cold hearted vegan stalking them.
stingy boys in their natural environs. Totally unaware of the cold hearted vegan stalking them.
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it was a massacre
it was a massacre
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uni-tea!
uni-tea!
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