Forage Friday is only intended to be a conversation starter and all of the information is presented as trivia. Please remember to do further research and be positive about identifying any wild edible plants. Any herbalism discussed in the article is also presented as trivia and should not be mistaken for an endorsement of treatment.
That’s right. Tonight’s Forage Friday post is about the stuff that grows on your lawn. Now it should go without saying that if you spray your lawn with chemicals then it’s not considered safe for consumption. The same goes for public parks and commercial property. In fact, to be absolutely clear I only advocate foraging your own property or private property that you have permission to forage.
I was initially shocked to learn that normal grass produced edible grain. I laughed out loud at the thoughts of grazing like a cow. In those days the internet was science fiction and I actually blew quite a lot of money at book stores. Ironically, I was leafing through a new acquisition on primitive survival at a Chinese restaurant and eating bamboo shoots at the precise moment when saw the section on foraging grass. My young mind didn’t make the connection that bamboo was a type of grass right away. Okay, but bamboo is a special grass right? Well, as it turns out yes and no. Not all grass is going yield nutrition and in fact the stuff on our lawns is probably not going to be the best forage. In addition, I’m told that all native North American grasses are nontoxic but that several non-native varieties are toxic. And there are entire scientific disciplines based on learning how to identify different types of grass. In fact I am unsure about the identity of the grass in tonight’s post.
Presuming that it is an edible variety it’s still in flower and not ready for harvest. Once the fruit ripens we can strip the seed from the stem and beat it free of the chaff. Tossing it up into the air slightly and allowing the Breeze to carry away the papery part is called winnowing.
The seed can then be ground into flour.
In case you haven’t guessed this is one of the ones I only have theoretical knowledge of. So please pay attention to the disclaimer and seek out someone who is more experienced on this subject. One of my favorite resources is Green Dean and the link takes you to his article about grass .
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