Four Plants You Can Eat in the Wild

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Sweet Birch Illustration by Ellaphant in the Room

Illustration by Ellaphant in the Room

Sweet Birch

Like nature’s breath freshener, a matchstick-size twig of this tree, when chewed, offers a fresh, minty burst.

White Pine Needles Illustration by Ellaphant in the Room

Illustration by Ellaphant in the Room

White Pine Needles

Nibbling the needles or brewing them in tea will give you a shot of vitamin C, along with a resinlike, sappy sensation.

Whitegreen Leaves Illustration by Ellaphant in the Room

Illustration by Ellaphant in the Room

Wintergreen Leaves

Elliott says that wintergreen’s shiny green leaves pack a “powerhouse flavor.” Find them low to the ground, nibble, then spit them out.

Juneberries Illustration by Ellaphant in the Room

Illustration by Ellaphant in the Room

Juneberry

Also known as shadbush, this plant typically blooms when the shad run in early summer; the berries it yields have a slightly tart flavor, Elliott says.

Source URL: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/2015/09/29/hiking-edible-plants/