Wild Mint? Wild Oregano? Wild oregano mint?
Here was the first comment: "I know you keep a garden, but what about the free stuff that grows in the wild? Ever harvest any of that stuff?
I try to, within reason, as long as I am not trespassing or anything. Pecans, persimmons, walnuts and hickory nuts just to name a few, but sometimes I get lucky and find wild grapes, cherries or apples."
We have talked about some of this free stuff in our garden meeting. Tim and his wife seem to be quite knowledgeable about mushrooms, ginseng (Sang),persimmons and probably a lot more. Personally, I would love to know more about all of it.
I am not sure if he gets on the blogs but I will bring it up tonight and report back. We have black walnut and hickory trees and probably would not starve the squirrels if I shared some, but I don't know a decent way to crack and remove the meat.
I used to use walnut and butternut hulls as a dye for new traps. I don't trap anymore, but we used to boil the traps in these hulls to darken the steel, remove the oils from manufacturing and remove human smells.
When I feel like I can stand the chigger bites, I harvest wild blackberries, have harvested dandelion flowers for wine and their root for drying as a coffee additive. (like chicory, which grows wild as well) Some folks like the taste of dandelion leaves in their spring salad.
I've just recently mentioned plantain for a wide variety of medicinal purposes and my watercress came from down in the hollow.
I also have a wild mint (Pictured, 3" tall) that has the look of a creeping oregano out in our grass. We have avoided mowing it for the last 18+ years and it has multiplied in a few places. Probably time for me to move some to a garden spot to see how it performs.
I've got more, but what do you folks forage from the forest or fields.