Harvesting wild rice on the wilderness lakes of northern Minnesota nourishes my soul and spirit long before I sit down with family and friends to enjoy this tasty, nutritious native food.
Often underrated, medicinal plants play an essential role in curing minor health issues, but not only that. In fact, the healing plants you can forage could help prevent major health distress, providing you with the possibility to become your own doctor.
A wide variety of native herbs and medicinal plants flourish across North America, and there is a ready market for many of these wild botanicals. A few are easily found and just as easy to harvest, including mayapple, goldenseal, bloodroot, black cohosh, and common boneset.
Back in the old days, the native people of North America used various plants to obtain the needed sugar for their diets. With the arrival of the first settlers, a few of the plants the American Indians used become very popular, and they stay so throughout the years, now being sold commercially.
As the first long hunters and early settlers explored and tamed this country, they fit the very definition of the term, “hunter-gatherer.” Absent were cultivated crops or convenient trading posts at which a person could obtain needed supplies. These early settlers killed and foraged for just about all the food they consumed.