The area in and around Merrimack is home to over 70 species of edible wild plants, some of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten, on a two-hour stroll in Wasserman Park to learn about at least eighteen edible species. As each species is encountered, Russ will present information on identification tips, edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation methods. Russ will also provide general guidelines for safe and environmentally-responsible foraging.
After the walk we'll join Russ for his 90 minute slide show entitled "Edible Wild Plants and Mushrooms in and around Merrimack" in the Function Hall. His talk covers over 50 of the tastiest species the region has to offer. These range from plants everyone knows well, like Daisies and Dandelions, to plants they may never have even heard of, like Calamus and Carrion Flower. About a dozen of the tastiest (and easiest to recognize) mushroom species are included as well, from Morels in the spring, Black Chanterelles in the summer and Hen of the Woods mushrooms in the fall. Russ will present information for each species on identification tips, edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation methods, along with general guidelines for safe and environmentally-responsible foraging. Russ will also bring along handouts and a foraged goodie for people to taste.