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GATHERING EDIBLE WILDS

Were your ancestors…‘gatherers’,
And, did your family eat very well?
Did they forage around the countryside,
And, every edible flora…they could tell?

I’ve always enjoyed things that are free,
Maybe, you know what I mean;
A ‘bargain’…who can resist one,
Whether it be in a Mall…or some secluded ravine?

Quite frankly, I prefer ‘free’,
In the truest sense of the word;
If you’re anything like me,
“Free’…is the only thing that I've heard.

Then, I’m off…like a shot,
Out there…on my quest;
GATHERING EDIBLE WILDS…in their season,
When everything’s at it’s best!

You might say that I grew-up,
With a sack in my hand;
I was ‘out there’…early-on,
Searching wooded glens…throughout the land.

If this is all new to you,
You’d best begin rather slowly;
Begin with foraging dandelions,
Their greens are tasty and very healthy.

Cow-slips grow along small streams,
They have dark green leaves and yellow blossoms;
A hard to find…delicacy…for sure,
But, oh…so deliciously…welcome.

Down there…near the swamp,
Fiddle-head ferns are a treat;
Like…with most edible wilds,
They’re scrumptious and just great to eat!

Wild asparagus will come along next,
It’s the very best…in early Spring;
So delicious…even when eaten raw;
Sure…save yourself some cooking!

Wild strawberries…huckleberries…raspberries,
Blackberries…elderberries…even Saskatoons;
Such a rich array…of nature's display,
So delicious dried, canned…or right on your spoon!

In the Fall…the bounty continues,
Wild grapes and all sorts of nuts;
If you can climb up to where they are,
That’s all to be careful…about.

Again…all sorts of fruit,
Way high up there…in the trees;
There are still many that grow wild,
A treat for all who like ‘free’.

And, in some wooded glens,
Mushrooms…of course…in profusion;
Definitely not for the novice forager,
They could be lethal…so exercise caution.

I’d not take the risk…however,
Sometimes…it’s wisdom to buy;
Some things are just too dangerous,
And, those things…I’d rather not try!

Each locale…so very different,
Before long…you will find;
It takes awhile to know what’s ‘out there’,
Until you do learn…it might boggle your mind!

But, learn…you must…and soon,
Not everything is edible;
Get a good teacher…or a good book,
A naturalist-neighbor…would be ideal!

And, should you ask…just perhaps,
I might come along with you;
For there's nothing that I'd enjoy more,
Than, to come along…too!

GATHERING EDIBLE WILDS,
Certainly not for the faint-hearted;
But a delight to those who like to forage,
Give it a try…come on now…let's get started!

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July 21, 2004

Aimee Love
(LHG)


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