Local Wild Edible Plans for International Plant Appreciation Day

ripe blackberries on a vine

This year, Saturday, April 13th is International Plant Appreciation day; Nantucket Gate Blog wants to help you observe this day by introducing you to different edible plants near your Tacoma, WA apartment. Between berries, mushrooms, and other leafy plants, the Pacific Northwest is home to hundreds of plants that are perfectly safe to eat! Some taste good and are fun to eat while others are rich in vitamins and nutrients but may not be as enjoyable to snack on. Take a minute today to learn about the following edible plants near you:

Blackberries

Are you a blackberry fan? If so, then you live in the right place, because you can find them growing virtually anywhere in this region. The most common blackberry plant isn’t native to the region, but ever since it was introduced, it grows like a weed, producing sweet juicy fruit every August and September. If you’re looking for a wild berry, it turns out there is also a trailing wild mountain blackberry, but you’ll likely have to travel further north toward Skagit Valley to find some. Come late summer, make sure to find a u-pick berry farm near you!

Wild Mint

While it’s true that potted mint plants will survive almost anywhere — and will produce a ton of leaves — wild mint plants of the Pacific Northwest are fairly common, and they will give you a slightly different taste than your average domesticated mint plant. Before your next trip to spend time in nature, take a minute to look at a few pictures of wild mint so you can identify the plants and try them out!

Wild Mushrooms

For anyone interested in picking up a hobby in mushroom hunting, the PNW is a great place to start! From the Keng Bolete (cepe) to the cauliflower mushroom to the lobster mushroom, you’ll have plenty of species to discover. Remember when hunting for mushrooms, it’s vital to not only identify the appearance of the mushroom, but also all of the known characteristics, because a poisonous mushroom could be deadly. While it’s best to go with someone who has experience with mushrooms, this guide to wild edible mushrooms is a great resource.

 

What other wild edible plants have you found in the area? Let us know in the comments below!