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Wild Mushroom Report, Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Wild Mushroom Report
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Wild Food Foraging
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Foraging Wild Edible Plants in Southwest Pennsylvania

Some of the plants, or plant parts depicted, are the ones I have been foraging and eating for close to 40 years. It's not all of them because I am still adding to my repertory and, as I have time, they will be added.

Several foraged plants have at least one article noted which utilizes that plant or plant part.

If you live in the northeast U.S.A., specifically the Mid Atlantic states ( Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Washington D.C. ), then you more than likely will have many of the same varieties.

I don't get out West or down South so I can not speak for what wild plant species may appear there.

I started this site to help people that live in my region and are interested in foraging for wild plant edibles.

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Photo of purslane - portaluca - growing in the bare spots in the garden.
Purslane - a garden weed that should be eaten.

SEASONAL - Spring, Summer and Fall.

High in Omega-3 fatty acids and other essential vitamins, this weed, Portulaca oleracea, is probably more healthful than most plants growing in the garden.

 
Photo of a 5 gallon bucket of freshly picked highbush blueberries.
Highbush Blueberry - Pick 5 Gallons In One Hour

SEASONAL - Summer to Fall depending on species.

Gauge the ripeness then at the proper time use a dropcloth or upside-down umbrella to catch the shaken-off berries.

 
Photo of a colony of Daylilies.
Day Lilies - Flower Pods

SEASONAL - Depending on what part of this plant is eaten. New shoots in Spring. Bloomed flowers and unopened pods Summer. Tubers any time.

Another of those bounties that require the forager to consider their growing location as very important. You don't know what is in the ground after road runoff, garden spraying, county road spraying programs, etc. If you find a good picking locality transplant some tubers here and there.

 
Photo of common milkweed pods ready to pick.
Milkweed Pods - Canned Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers and Milkweed Pods

'Stocking Up' A Bounty of Picked Pods

SEASONAL - Early Summer.

Late July to Mid August.

 
Photo of freshly picked cattail shoots - cossack asparagus.
Cattail - Foraging Shoots / Sprouts

SEASONAL - April and May.

Gather these from 'safe' locations in early Spring to late Spring. 'Cossack' asparagus.

 
Photo of fresh chickweed ready to pick.
Chickweed - A really good salad green to know.

SEASONAL - Best in Spring and Fall.

Easy to find. In lush growing conditions it is easy to pick good quanities. Great as a salad foundation green.

 
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