This week's wild edible is Foxtail Grass!
-The grains on the head of this plant are the edible part. Simply collect the tiny grains and eat raw or cooked, although raw they will be fairly hard and could be slightly bitter. Cooking them is recommended and will remove some of the bitterness and make them easier to eat. Cook the seeds and then pound them into a powder to usethem as a flour substitute or to lengthen your supplies.
-Although there may not be a lot of edible seeds on one single plant, since foxtail grass is a common grass, is spreads fast and tends to grow in clusters. Where there is one, there usually is more nearby. This plant likes to grow in sunny open areas like fields and pastures. Some varieties prefer damp marshy areas, but all are edible.
-This plant can grow up to 5 feet tall and certain varieties can have seed heads that are several inches in length loaded with seeds. The seed heads start off covered in tiny green seeds and little fine hairs, when ripe, the seeds turn black and can easily be collected by running your hand over the seed head. The leaves of this plant tend to resemble blades of common lawn grass is shape.
-You can identify this plant by its furry “fox-tail” like seed head that is often covered in dozens of tiny green, black, or tan seeds. When seeds start turning black be sure to collect quickly as they are part of a staple diet for many animals and insects.
**When identifying plants you are unfamiliar with, please use as multiple references, as well as help from experts when available. Unless you are 110% sure what a plant is, it is best to avoid it completely.
**If you plan on using any plants for medicinal uses, consult a healthcare professional, as well as botanist familiar in the field of wild plants. And as always, use as many references and expert opinions as possible when identifying a plant.
**Be sure to avoid any plants growing near roads, around chemicals, other posionous plants, or polluted/contaminated water.
**As always, be sure to use the Universal Edibility Test to ensure the plant is the correct plant and to help identify any unknown allergies you may have.