I'm going nuts with the cell phone camera here lately...I think the beauty of springtime is just getting to me!
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 @3:33:07 PM
I see some little Beeches up on the hillside above this spot. What do you use the wild ginger for?
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 @3:56:51 PM
It's not a real kind of ginger, but you can use the root like ginger...its spicy tasting. There was a better type of this called Heartleaf that grew in SE KY...this type grew there too, but is the only kind up here.
Thursday, May 14, 2015 @7:37:55 AM
Spicy? So what would the ole folks use it in? Like cooking...or in other words what would they cook and use wild ginger in as a season?
Thursday, May 14, 2015 @9:26:52 AM
I'm not sure...ham or cakes, etc. I heard elderly people talking about it back in their time, but I never saw them actually use it. I heard stories that old timers would take the heartleaf ginger that grows all year, even in the snow, down in Whitley Co and around there, and they'd make heartleaf tea from the leaves, not the rhizome. You can crush the leaf and it smells really good. I never tried the tea because I could never find it verified as safe in a book, to use that leaf, and I never saw anybody actually doing it, just talking about it from their memories of sixty years ago, etc. I'm paranoid enough about using wild plants that I only use them either if somebody that I saw did it, or if I verified what I'd heard in a book as something safe. I'm pretty sure it'd be safe but I'm just paranoid. I never did the heartleaf and now it doesn't grow around me...just the regular, which has a root, or really rhizome, that's safe to use in cooking, although it really isn't in the ginger family...just close enough to the taste that it goes by that name.
Thursday, May 14, 2015 @9:39:44 AM
Yeah my grandparents picked wild greens and "arbs" at times too and shrooms ( not the psychadelic kind....I don't think LOL: But if they don't pick it I dont eat it. I remember taking 5 gallon buckets and going up the hillsides and raking Hickory, Becch and Walnuts out of the hillsides.....they later turned up in pies and cookies during christmas LOL
Thursday, May 14, 2015 @9:57:40 AM
I've used poke shoots, young ones in early spring, wild greens of all kinds, again only in the spring-- they get bitter and some get poisonous after they get big or start flowering. I've used flowers, seeds...like jewel weed seeds...I've made ointment from the leaves and eat the seeds on walks in the fall...taste walnutty...I've just done stuff like that that I've seen others actually do. They used to all pick the dry land fish, Molly mooches mushrooms called morels...but my dad scared the daylights out of me on that one,..he won't even eat a mushroom from the store. I eat store mushrooms and have unsuccessfully tried growing my own...will try that again one day...making spore prints from store bought and growing ( plenty of info on youtube!). My neighbor up here across the rd gathers all sorts of mushrooms from the yards and woods and eats them...lol...she's got no fear!
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