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8:24 PM: ephemeral edibles
today i went for an "edible forest" walk at the tryon creek state park where we began a half hour late and unfortunately didn't really eat anything except fruit, nuts & mushrooms from trader joe's. but i had never been to tryon creek, so it was a nice sunday walk in the woods.
things we ate: * indian plum: leaves that taste like cucumbers * faux solomon's seal: tasty red translucent berries * waterleaf * snowberries: just one (in large quantities, it's used as a laxative)
and things that were pointed to but that we did not eat: * nettles (but our guide was not about to touch them) * licorice fern (the roots) * red huckleberries * fiddleheads, specifically from ladyferns * oregon grape * thimbleberries: the fruits are edible; the leaves are soft and large enough to use as "woodsman's toilet paper" * elderberries: poisonous, but the fruits can be cooked to remove the toxin