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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Wild Plants

May Apples grow along the edge of our creek.
I am grateful to see them making a comeback.  May Apple, Ginseng and many other food and trade plants were almost lost during the Great Depression.
The Indian Turnip is valuable too but I've long forgotten that information.
Good to know they are here if a need arises.

14 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's an odd looking turnip. What's it used for?

Lynne said...

I never knew May Apples until my daughter/SIL moved to their acreage several years ago.
In the spring the May Apples spread their beauty under the large forest area of pine.
Quite the sight!

Farm Girl said...

I love all kinds of herbology. I am glad your beneficial plants are making a come back. I am also glad you know what you are looking at when you see it. It always amazes me how many healthy healing plants are all around us.

Karen S. said...

All pretty selections Gail! I too have lots of wild goodies, and they are growing faster and healthier as the day grows! Yikes!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I don't know anything about the turnip, but may apples are everywhere here in the woods. I find them more so in shaded areas near the creeks. have a wonderful day, Gail!

Harry Flashman said...

I bought some books on edible local plants but I have not studied them as I should have done. I need to break them out.

Arkansas Patti said...

Are May apples edible? Also Ginseng brings a HUGE price.

Ginny Hartzler said...

They sure look healthy. I have not heard of May Apples. I suppose they start growing in May? Are they edible...probably not.

Lowcarb team member said...

Interesting post Gail ...
I used your May Apple link and saw "The ripe fruits are edible. CAUTION: Do not eat the fruit until it is ripe. Ripe fruits are yellow and soft. Unripe fruits are greenish and not soft. They are slightly poisonous when unripe: green fruits are strongly cathartic. May apples are among the first plants to come up in the spring."

And more about the Indian Turnip here
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arisaema_triphyllum

I love it that we can find out so much more when our blogging friends puts an idea or thought in our head.

Thank you Gail, enjoyed your post.

May you have a pleasant week

All the best Jan

TexWisGirl said...

neat. haven't seen may apples since wisconsin.

LindaG said...

Appreciate the lesson, Gail. Thank you so much!

Debbie said...

i have never seen nor heard of may apples!!!!

Debbie said...

i forgot to say, pretty images!!!!

Karen S. said...

Wow beautiful greenery!

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