Inwood Hill Park is one of the best places for foragers in late winter. The city's hilliest park, with a large, mature forest, meadows, thickets, and cultivated areas, it's loaded with wild plants. Now is the time for roots. Burdock, an expensive detoxifying herb sold in health food stores, as well as an invasive foreign species, abounds in human-disturbed areas throughout the park. The cooked root tastes like a combination of potatoes and artichokes.
Sassafras, on the other hand, tastes like root beer, which you make from the taproots of the highly-abundant saplings. And the black birch tree, of birch beer fame, tastes like wintergreen. The twigs, which you can chew, make a delicious non-steroidal anti-inflammatory herb tea, as well as a flavoring ingredient for "Wildman's" tapioca-thickened Stick Pudding.
Another root we'll look for along the park's paths is the tuber of the hog peanut, with a flavor akin to raw peanuts. Peppery-sweet common evening primrose roots grow along one of the pathways. You can purchase a prostaglandin-rich oil pressed from the seeds in health food stores, for PMS and other ailments. With a sweet-and-peppery flavor, the root is outstanding in soups and stews, which it also thickens.
There are going to be plenty of shoots and greens to enjoy, such as chickweed, which tastes like corn, hot-sweet daylily shoots, pungent-tasting pepper sedum, spicy garlic mustard leaves and roots, lemony curly dock, and savory field garlic.
Asian people collect the stems of this goutweed in this park, which they pickle. With the flavors of parsley, carrots, and celery, the leaves are excellent in soups, salads, and guacamole, and they provide a great seasoning as well if you use them like parsley.
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Foraging expert Steve Brill has shared his foraging wisdom at schools, museums, parks departments, environmental organizations, and with scout troops since 1982. He’s written three books and an app, stars in a DVD and maintains a website.
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