3 June Plants

Elderberry (g. Sambucus)

The berries of the Elderberry bush are widely known for their medicinal, immune-boosting properties. The small, delicate flowers of this plant are edible as well! Like the berries, the flowers should be processed in some way before consumption. Popular recipes include elderflower tea and elderflower cordial.

Common Chicory (Cichorium intybus)

Chicory grows as a weed along roadsides and in gardens, but it was once an important cultivated food source (and still is in some parts of the world). The leaves, buds, and roots are edible and very bitter. The roots are often roasted and used as a coffee substitute.

Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata)

Also called spotted evergreen, this tiny plant can be found throughout the year on the forest floor. Its small leaves can be tasted, but it is not recommended that one eat them in large quantities, as this plant has strong medicinal compounds that should be used carefully. Pipsissewa is threatened or endangered in some parts of its range, so please treat it with extra care!

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