Index for Album F-2000-07-29: Foraging in Central Park - July 29, 2000

Based on a walk given by "Wildman" Steve Brill in Central Park, Manhattan. These are in fine compression.

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1 Wisteria Wisteria. Flowers are edible, seeds and leaves are poisonous. Blooms in spring, but you will get some summer blooms where it has been cut back.

2 Epazote Epazote. Can dry and save. You don’t eat it, but use as a seasoning in bean dishes.
Scientific name: Chenopodium ambrosioides

3 Epazote Epazote. Close up of flowers.
Scientific name: Chenopodium ambrosioides

4 Lamb's quarters Lamb’s quarters. A wild spinach. Eat in salad or steamed.
Scientific name: Chenopodium album

5 Hackberries Hackberries. Not ripe yet.

6 Central Park Lake Central Park Lake

7 Central Park Lake Central Park Lake

8 Poor man's pepper Poor man’s pepper
Scientific name: Lepidium virginicum

9 Gill-over-the-ground Gill-over-the-ground, or ground ivy. Can make tea with fresh leaves. Is in the mint family.

10 May apple May apple. Green on plant is poisonous. When fallen and yellow is delicious.
Scientific name: Podophyllum peltatum

11 May apple May apple. Wildman about to eat a ripe one.
Scientific name: Podophyllum peltatum

12 May apple leaves May apple leaves
Scientific name: Podophyllum peltatum

13 Wild raisin Wild raisin. Ripe in October.
Scientific name: Viburnum opulus or V. cassinoides

14 Doubles arches on 77th St Doubles arches on 77th St. bridge. Under the left one was originally an extension of the lake.

15 Wineberries Wineberries. An Asian raspberry. Humans have taken most.
Scientific name: Rubus phoenicolasius

16 Wineberry closeup Wineberry closeup.
Scientific name: Rubus phoenicolasius

17 Extension of Central Park Lake Extension of Central Park Lake

18 Black cherries Black cherries
Scientific name: Prunus serotina

19 Sweet gum tree Sweet gum tree. See five pointed leaf. Not edible. Crush leaf and smells like furniture polish.

20 Indian pipe Indian pipe. Native American plant. A wildflower that parasitizes tree roots. Does not make chlorophyll.

21 Reishi mushroom Reishi mushroom. Need to boil two hours.

22 Common nightshade Common nightshade. Poisonous, but won’t kill you.
Scientific name: Solanum nigrum

23 Spider that one of the kids found while eating lunch Spider that one of the kids found while eating lunch.

24 Garlic mustard Garlic mustard. Leaves in summer too bitter.
Scientific name: Alliaria officinalis

25 Garlic mustard root Garlic mustard root. Is good now. Like horseradish.
Scientific name: Alliaria officinalis

26 Burdock Burdock. 1st year. Can dig up root. Slice diagonally and cook.
Scientific name: Arctium species

27 Burdock Burdock. 2nd year. Not edible.
Scientific name: Arctium species

28 Bitter dock flower Bitter dock flower
Scientific name: Rumex obtusifolius

29 Bitter dock seeds Bitter dock seeds
Scientific name: Rumex obtusifolius

30 Poke weed Poke weed. Poisonous seeds.
Scientific name: Phytolacca americana

31 Lady's thumb Lady’s thumb. A mild salad green. In smartweed family.
Scientific name: Polygonum persicaria

32 Common plantain Common plantain. Seeds are edible. Steve doesn’t like.
Scientific name: Plantago major

33 Blackberries Blackberries. European cut leaf variety.
Scientific name: Rubus laciniatus

34 Elderberries Elderberries. But no berries!
Scientific name: Sambucus canadensis

35 American persimmon American persimmon. But no fruit this year.
Scientific name: Diospyros virginiana

36 Kentucky coffee tree beans Kentucky coffee tree beans. Poisonous now. Must be baked 3 hours at 300 degrees. Must cover as they will pop. Then grind up. Can collect year round.
Scientific name: Gymnocladus dioicus

37 Kentucky coffee tree leaves Kentucky coffee tree leaves.
Scientific name: Gymnocladus dioicus

38 Garlic mustard Garlic mustard. 2nd year. Can collect seeds. Put in at end of cooking.
Scientific name: Alliaria officinalis

39 Common violet closeup Common violet closeup. New small leaves edible. Root poisonous.
Scientific name: Viola papilionacea

40 Field garlic Field garlic. Drooping. Seeds edible now. Also bulbs, but small and hard to peel.
Scientific name: Allium vineale

41 Sassafras tree Sassafras tree. Note three leaf shapes.
Scientific name: Sassafras albidum

42 Sassafras root Sassafras root. Can make tea from it. Flavor is in the cambium, the outer layer on the root.
Scientific name: Sassafras albidum

43 Wood sorrel Wood sorrel. Nice patch near Belvedere Castle. Note heart shaped leaves.
Scientific name: Oxalis acetosella

44 Chickweed Chickweed. Small patch. Bigger one now covered with wood chips.
Scientific name: Stellaria media

45 Blueberries near Belvedere Castle Blueberries near Belvedere Castle. Surprising that humans didn’t get them first.
Scientific name: Vaccinium Cyanococcus

46 Yew berries Yew berries. Berry is edible, but seed is poisonous.
Scientific name: Taxus cuspidata

47 Apple Apple
Scientific name: Malus

48 Cornelian cherry Cornelian cherry. Still green. Different trees ripen at different times. Needs to be a dark red to be good. If bright red will ripen at home.
Scientific name: Cornus mas

49 Cornelian cherries on the ground Cornelian cherries on the ground.
Scientific name: Cornus mas

50 Someone found a caterpiller Someone found a caterpiller.

51 Juneberry bush Juneberry bush. Season is past. In June.
Scientific name: Amelanchier species

52 Hawthorne Hawthorne. Too early.
Scientific name: Crataegus species

53 Purslane Purslane
Scientific name: Portulaca oleracea

54 Peach tree Peach tree. There are three of them south of the 86th St. transverse road.

55 Peaches Peaches. Not ripe yet.


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