September is, according to a novel I read long ago, the month of winds and magic. It is also a fantastic month for foraging.
Here are some of the healthy, delicious (and free!) foods.ripening in Minnesota right now, where to find them, and some ideas what to do with them.
When looking for these and other foraged foods, if you have ANY doubts do a google image search beforehand to get a good idea of exactly what you're looking for. It's helpful to look at many different pictures of the plant you're searching for (including pictures of the leaves, stems, and bark). Use common sense safety precautions and be sure you harvest where it's legal to do so or get permission first.
While it can be a challenge the first time you harvest your own acorns or make your first wild jelly, it's also incredibly satisfying -- not to mention delicious.
This article is been updated from one originally written by my wife, Alicia Bayer for her Green Living Column and is used with her permission