Yesterday I finally made it to one of Martha’s Edible Wild tours. We spent 6 hours walking through the bush learning of (and sampling) edible plants which grow in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.

Martha is in her mid Eighties and I learned SOOO much I can’t list it all here; however, here are some of my favorites which she pointed out to us in the bush:

Crinkleroot: Wild horseradish
Indian Potato: About the size of a thimble, tastes a bit like a starchy raw pea.
Yellow Birch: Buds, sap and young branches have a wintergreen flavour.
Garlic Mustard: Leafs are great for salads.
Wild Ginger: Um, wild Ginger. Strong. (Only eat the root, not the leaves)

Crinkleroot:
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Crinkleroot (dark strawberry-like leaves) and Leeks (tall tulip-like leaves):
UPDATE — as the plant matures the leaves turn pale green and grow
to be quite a bit larger than strawberry leaves.

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Yellow Birch (they grow best in dead stumps of other trees):
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Indian Potato:
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Martha shows us an Indian Potato (right-click on the box below and choose “play” to see the low quality flash video):
Link to video here.