Foraging in Prospect Park - March 25, 2000

Foraging in Prospect Park, Brooklyn on a tour given by "Wildman" Steve Brill.

1: Shepherd's Purse. Better before it flowers. In garlic family.
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2: Shepherd's Purse with flower.
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3: Japanese Yew in flower
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4: Chickweed. Getting warmth from step to get an early start.
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5: Chickweed. Getting warmth from step to get an early start.
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6: Broadleaf/Bitterdock. Too bitter to eat.
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7: Field Garlic
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8: Garlic Mustard. Second year.
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9: Garlic Mustard. First year.
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10: Gout weed. The park has lots of it.
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11: Japanese Knotweed. Last year's stalks. Good for flutes.
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12: Japanese Knotweed. New shoots. Now edible, and will be for only a couple more weeks. This is a fast grower.
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13: Mugwort. With a little gout weed mixed in.
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14: Prickly Ash
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15: Prickly Ash. Closeup of trunk.
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16: Black Raspberry. Note arching stems. Berries from 3rd week in June to 1st in July.
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17: Black Raspberry. Note red stem and white powder.
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18: Common Spice Bush
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19: Common Spice Bush. Closeup of the flowers. See the bugs?
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20: Wineberries
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21: Greater Celandine. Poisonous, used medicinally.
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22: Lemon Balm. A cultivated one.
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23: Chicory
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24: Cultivated Plum Tree. Fruits in late June.
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25: Cultivated Plum Tree. Closeup of flowers.
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26: Dandelion. Young and sweet.
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27: Hazelnut Bush. In September can collect the nuts.
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28: Parsnips. Okay now, but not by April.
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29: Day Lilies. Some people can't eat them. Can be confused with others that are poisonous.
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30: Bush Honeysuckle. Edible berries in May.
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31: The group is at the curly dock.
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32: Curly dock. Leaves good until early May.
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33: Curly dock. A nice patch that has been there for decades.
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34: Curly dock. Also called yellow dock. See yellow root.
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35: Curly dock. One of the participants dug up a nice one.
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36: Red Clover. Not too good right now. Best in June when it flowers. And the flowers are the best. The leaves are hard to digest.
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37: Dandelion. These got some extra warmth from the walk and have flowered early.
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38: European cut-leaf blackberry. Note square stems.
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39: Bitterdock. Too bitter to eat.
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40: Chickweed. Mixed in with grass and hard to harvest. This is what the winter crop looks like.
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41: Burdock. Little leaves now.
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42: Garlic Mustard. A big one that would have decent roots (which are like horseradish).
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43: Common Plantain
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44: Narrow/Long Leaf Plantain. Not too good. Mostly for mosquito bites.
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