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Winter Foraging - 10 Plants To Forage This Season
Winter is not the time you often associate with . But there are still plants around that you can utilise to get you through the cooler months. It might not be as a productive as spring or summer (or even ) but if you look there is still amazing plants to forage for. While we talk about foraging for plants when they are most potent (e.g. in summer with thyme) with the suggested plants (especially pine) they are still potent and helpful, especially because they grow in the cooler seasons.
1 Pine Needles
The needles of evergreen conifers are probably the easiest and most widespread thing to forage in winter, even in the coldest climates. Most conifers are edible, with the exception of the which is toxic. Pine needles are very high in vitamin C so they can be used for a hot infusion or you could use it to infuse vodka/alcohol.
Rosehips are one of our favourite plants, not to harvest (due to those pesky thorns, make sure you take some gloves with you!!) but definitely to consume. Rosehips are high in vitamin C and antioxidants and can be used as a tea, syrup or tincture.
Rosehips are one of the here at Wild Dispensary as we use them in our and (a delicious way to warm up in winter). Rosehips are great for winter as vitamin C is very helpful to and also supporting skin health and healing.
Usnea is a lichen that hangs in long strands from trees. We use Usnea in our Fire Cider and it has a great affinity to lung and respiratory health. Usnea takes a long time to grow so we only use what has fallen and not take from the tree. Usnea can be infused in a tincture or within vinegar.
4 Turkey Tail Mushrooms
Mushrooms love the cooler weather, and turkey tail can be found quite easily once you know what to look for. Turkey tail grows on trees through the winter and also is great to use in the winter months to support immunity. Turkey tail mushrooms can be used as a tea, tincture or as a powder. As with any winter foraging, especially mushrooms, take care with your identification.
Kelp and seaweeds can be foraged all year round (obviously if you are near the coast). Seaweeds are high in iodine and can also be dehydrated to use as a seasoning or in soups. In fact Peter Langlands recommends foraging for seaweed around Matariki which falls on a Friday in either June or July each winter in New Zealand.
One of our beautiful native plants, akeakegrows all year round and all around the country. We use akeake to help support the respiratory system. Traditionally akeake has been used because of its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be taken as a tea or in liquid herbal formulas to support the body in cases of poor immunity and inflammation.
upset digestion and inflammation. It also means that they can act as a form of pain relief. Horopito also grows all over New Zealand and all year round. You can use it as a tea, dehydrate it to add to food or as a meat rub.has an abundance of volatile oils such as eugenol, polygodial, and tannins, which are astringent - lots of big words. This just means that they are drying, making them extremely helpful for
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