Our group had the amazing opportunity to follow around Kyle Chamberlain, Practical Naturalist and Columbia Basin edible plant expert for a day in April.
Thanks to Kyle for all your expertise!
Please see Kyle's website at the Human Habitat Project
After we foraged on a very windy and rainy day we returned to learn how to prepare and cook the foods we gathered.
All of the plants we identified are Native t0 the Columbia Basin Scab Lands. Every day approximately 10,000 people wiz by on route 90, heading east/west. They look out the window and say "there's nothing out there". Perhaps, if travelers didn't treat their car window like a TV commercial, and actually took the time to stop and look, they would experience an intricate and vibrant world Native people have understood for over 12,000 years. We're all in such a rush to "get somewhere" and as the joke goes; I don't know where I'm going but I'm making good time.
Wild Onion and Common Cammas
Bitterroot, Lewisia rediviva Miner's Lettuce