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A Short List of Wild Products for You to Consideration.

This list is far from complete. Just some examples…

Wood products

  • Currly willow
  • birds eye maple
  • denim pine
  • cones
  • juniper (knife handles, ect)

Wild Mushrooms

  • Boletus edulis or edible Boletus, native to Europe, known in Italian as Fungo Porcino (plural ‘porcini’) (Pig mushroom), in German as Steinpilz (Stone mushroom), in Russian as “white mushroom”, in Albanian as (Wolf mushroom) and in French the cèpe. It also known as the king bolete, and is renowned for its delicious flavor. It is sought after worldwide, and can be found in a variety of culinary dishes.
  • Cantharellus cibarius (The chanterelle), The yellow chanterelle is one of the best and most easily recognizable mushrooms, and can be found in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. There are poisonous mushrooms which resemble it, though these can be confidently distinguished if one is familiar with the chanterelle’s identifying features.
  • Cantharellus tubaeformis, the tube chanterelle or yellow-leg
  • Clitocybe nuda – Blewit (or Blewitt)
  • Cortinarius caperatus the Gypsy mushroom (recently moved from genus Rozites)
  • Craterellus cornucopioides – Trompette de la Mort or Horn of Plenty
  • Grifola frondosa, known in Japan as maitake (also “hen of the woods” or “sheep’s head”); a large, hearty mushroom commonly found on or near stumps and bases of oak trees, and believed to have Macrolepiota procera properties.
  • Gyromitra esculenta this “False morel” is prized by the Finns. This mushroom is deadly poisonous if eaten raw, but highly regarded when parboiled(see below).
  • Hericium erinaceus, a tooth fungus; also called “lion’s mane mushroom.”
  • Hydnum repandum Sweet tooth fungus, hedgehog mushroom, urchin of the woods
  • Lactarius deliciosus Saffron milk cap – Consumed around the world and prized in Russia
  • Morchella species, (morel family), morels belong to the ascomycete grouping of fungi. They are usually found in open scrub, woodland or open ground in late spring. When collecting this fungus, care must be taken to distinguish it from the poisonous false morels, including Gyromitra esculenta.
  • Morchella conica var. deliciosa
  • Morchella esculenta var. rotunda
  • Tricholoma matsutake the Matsutake, a mushroom highly prized in Japanese cuisine.
  • Tuber species, (the truffle), Truffles have long eluded the modern techniques of domestication known as trufficulture. Although the field of trufficulture has greatly expanded since its inception in 1808, several species still remain uncultivated. Domesticated truffles include
  • Tuber borchii
  • Tuber brumale
  • Tuber indicum – Chinese black truffle
  • Tuber macrosporum – White truffle
  • Tuber mesentericum – The Bagnoli truffle[8]
  • Tuber uncinatum – Black summer truffle
  • Lactarius salmonicolor
  • Amanita caesarea (Caesar’s Mushroom)
  • Armillaria mellea
  • Boletus badius
  • Chroogomphus rutilus (pine-spikes or spike-caps)
  • Calvatia gigantea (Giant Puffball)
  • Clavariaceae species (coral fungus family)
  • Clavulinaceae species (coral fungus family)
  • Coprinus comatus, the Shaggy mane. Must be cooked as soon as possible after harvesting or the caps will first turn dark and unappetizing, then deliquesce and turn to ink. Not found in markets for this reason.
  • Cortinarius variicolor
  • Fistulina hepatica (beefsteak polypore or the ox tongue)
  • Hygrophorus chrysodon
  • Auricularia auricula-judae
  • Lactarius salmonicolor
  • Lactarius subdulcis (mild milkcap)
  • Lactarius volemus
  • Laetiporous sulphureus (Sulphur shelf). Also known by names such as the “chicken mushroom”, “chicken fungus”, sulphur shelf is a distinct bracket fungus popular among mushroom hunters.
  • Leccinum aurantiacum (Red-capped scaber stalk)
  • Leccinum scabrum (Birch bolete)
  • Lepiota procera
  • Macrolepiota procera Parasol Mushroom – Globally, it is widespread in temperate regions
  • Polyporus squamosus (Dryad’s saddle and Pheasant’s back mushroom)
  • Polyporus sulphureus
  • Polyporus mylittae
  • Ramariaceae species (coral fungus family)
  • Rhizopogon luteolus
  • Russula, some members of this genus are edible.
  • Sparassis crispa. Also known as “cauliflower mushroom”.
  • Suillus bovinus
  • Suillus luteus
  • Suillus tomentosus
  • Tricholoma terre

Medicinal fungi

  • Agaricus blazei – Polio, Western equine encephalitis
  • Cordyceps sinensis – Promotes blood circulation (?) Cure for Hepatitis B
  • Coriolus versicolor – Cure for HIV
  • Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) – HSV-1, HSV-2, Influenza virus, Vesicular stomatitis
  • Hypsizygus tessellatus – Epstein-Barr virus
  • Inonotus obliquus (Chaga) – Influenza virus
  • Kuehneromyces mutabilis – Influenza virus
  • Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) – HSV-1, HIV, Influenza virus, Vesicular stomatitis (contains aproteinase inhibitor.)
  • Piptoporus betulinus – Pox virus
  • Pleurotus eryngii – Tobacco mosaic virus
  • Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster mushroom) – HIV

Edible flowers:

  • Wild orange day lily
  • red rose
  • lavender
  • hibiscus
  • wild mustard flowers
  • calendula
  • redbud
  • wisteria
  • grape hyacinth
  • wild carrot
  • purple clover
  • jasmine
  • honeysuckle
  • Dandelion
  • plant parts for decoration:

Cedar boughs, and other conifer boughs.

  • Ferns
  • Curly willow
  • bonzi trees
  • cattail seed heads
  • common reed (Phragmites) seed heads
  • sensitive fern spore stalks
  • groundpine (Lycopodium) stems
  • Redgum (sweetgum) fruits
  • Cones (pine, spruce, hemlock)
  • Showy fruits of bittersweet, strawberrybush.
  • moss

edible wild plant foods:

Berries:

  • Raspberries, blackberries: Raspberries come in different colors, including red, black, orange and yellow. Both raspberries and blackberries have leaves of three and thorns on their plants. Raspberries are hollow inside.
  • Blueberries: Can be found in sunny meadows. Their fruit are round and dark blue to black.
  • Bearberry: An evergreen shrub with white flowers and red berries.
  • Cranberries: Small red berries that grow along the ground on stems.
  • Hackberries: Small and orange-yellow, hackberries can be eaten when they are ripe enough to fall from the tree.
  • Strawberries: Red with three leaves, only strawberries with white flowers are edible. Other similar-looking berries are poisonous.
  • Grapes: One of the few vine fruit that are relatively easy to identify, grapes grow up into trees, have tendrils on their stems and serrated leaves. They may be dark blue or red. Don’t confuse these with Canada moonseed, which has round, smooth-edged leaves and is poisonous.
  • Wild Rose: Also known as rosehips, these berries are red and oval. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C.
  • Sea Buckthorn: Orange yellow berries that may be in season throughout the winter. As their name suggests, sea buckthorn can be found along the coast.
  • Thimbleberries: Also known as salmonberries, thimbleberries are shaped like thimbles. Their plant has white flowers and large green leaves. Sometimes the leaves are made into tea.
  • Gooseberries: gooseberries are often used in fruit pies and come in many colors: pink, red (ranging in shades to almost black), green, white and yellow. Their flowers are green.
  • Mulberries: Mulberries come in various colors including white, red and black. Mulberries are hardy plants and can survive in very cold temperatures.
  • Juniper berries

Sea weeds:

  • Nori
  • Bull Kelp
  • Macro Kelp
  • Kombu
  • Dulse
  • Wakame
  • Arame
  • Sea Lettuce
  • Hijiki
  • Bladderwrack
  • Alaria

Sea food:

Sea cucumber
gooey duck clams

WIld plants for food products:

  • Nettle
  • Balsam Fir
  • Red Maple
  • Sugar Maple
  • Serviceberry
  • American Hornbeam
  • Hackberry
  • Redbud
  • White Dogwood
  • Mountain Laurel
  • Yellow-poplar
  • Sourwood
  • Red Spruce
  • White Pine
  • Red Oak
  • Pin Oak
  • Catawba or Purple Rhododendron
  • Great Laurel
  • Hemlock
  • Green Ash
  • White Ash
  • White Spruce
  • juniper

Medicinal plants:

  • Wild Ginseng
  • Nettle
  • St johns wort
  • ARACEAE
    Yellow Skunk Cabbage (Lysichitum americanum)
  • CHENOPODIACEAE
    Lamb’s Quarters (Chenopodium album)
  • ALISMATACEAE
    Water Plantain (Alisma plantago-aquatica)
  • POLYGONACEAE
    Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
    Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)
  • LILIACEAE
    False Hellebore (Veratrum viride)
  • Star-of-Bethelehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum)
  • False Solomon’s Seal (Smilacina raremosa)
  • False Lily-of-the-Valley (Maianthemum dilatatum)
  • Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum)
  • Clasping Twistedstalk (Streptopus amplexifolius)
  • ORCHIDACEAE
    Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera oblongifolia)
  • ARISTOLOCHIACEAE
    Wild Ginger (Asarum caudatum)
  • LYTHRACEAE
    Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
  • BRASSICACEAE
    Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)
  • Sheperd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)
    Field Mustard (Brassica campestris)
  • PLANTAGINACEAE
    Broadleaf Plantain (Plantago major)
  • GENTIANACEAE
    Buckbean (Menyanthes trifoliata)
  • RUBIACEAE
    Cleavers (Gallium aparine)
  • CORNACEAE
    Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
  • FABACEAE
    Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
  • VIOLACEAE
    Blue Violet (Viola adunca)
  • PORTULACACEAE
    Miner’s Lettuce (Claytonia siberica)
  • PYROLACEAE
    Western Prince’s Pine (Chimaphila umbellata)
  • Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)
  • One-sided Wintergreen (Pyrola secunda)
  • Wax-flower (Moneses uniflora)
  • Pink Wintergreen (Pyrola asarifolia)
  • MALVACEAE
    Common Mallow (Malva neglecta)
  • High Mallow (Malva sylvestris)
  • GERANIACEAE
    Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
  • HYPERICACEAE
    Western St. John’s Wort (Hypericum formosum)
  • RANUNCULACEAE
    Red Columbine (Aquilegia formosa)
  • Western Anenome (Anenome lyallii)
  • False Bugbane (Trautvetteria caroliniensis)
  • CRASSULACEAE
    Roseroot (Sedum integrifolium)
  • CARYOPHYLLACEAE
    Chickweed (Stellaria media)
  • SAXIFRAGACEAE
    Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)
  • Smooth Alumroot (Heuchera glabra)
  • Fringecup (Tellima grandiflora)
  • ROSACEAE
    Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus)
  • Silverweed (Potentilla anserina)
  • Coastal Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis)
  • Sitka Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)
  • Large-leaved Avens (Geum macrophyllum)
  • APIACEAE
    Cow Parsnip (Heracleum lanatum)
  • Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota)
  • Pacific Water-parsley (Oenanthe sarmentosa)
  • Sea-watch (Angelica lucida)
  • Desert Parsley (Lomatium nudicaule)
  • LAMIACEAE
    Field Mint (Mentha arvensis)
  • Yerba Buena (Satureja douglasii)
  • Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)
  • Hedge Nettle (Stachys cooleyae)
  • SCROPHULARIACEAE
    Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
  • Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
  • American Brookline (Veronica beccabunga)
  • APOCYNACEAE
    Spreading Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)
  • BORAGINACEAE
    Small-flowered Forget-me-not (Myosotis laxa)
  • Tall Bluebells (Mertensia paniculata)
  • CONVOLVULACEAE
    Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)
  • SOLANACEAE
    Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum)
  • CUCURBITACEAE
    Manroot (Marah oreganus)
  • CAPRIFOLIACEAE
    Twinflower (Linnaea borealis)
  • VALERIANACEA
    Sitka Valerian (Valeriana sitchensis)
  • ASTERACEAE
    Nipplewort (Lapsana commununis)
  • Mountain Arnica (Arnica latifolia)
  • Common Burdock (Arctium minus)
  • Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
  • Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
  • Sweet Coltsfoot (Petasites frigidus)
  • Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)
  • Chicory (Cichorium intybus)Common Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
  • NYMPHAEACEAE
    Yellow Pond Lily (Nuphar polysepalum)

 

Animal Parts:

  • Antlers (from knife handles to medicine), all types.
  • Furs (tanned or raw), pelts
  • lures, bates.
  • medicinal animal parts (do your own research)