What a nice walk we had today! Though there was the promise of rain (and rain walks are, indeed, a charming and beautiful adventure), the skies cleared unexpectedly and our nature walk / educational walking tour of the wild edible and medicinal plants of the Greenwood Village and Cherry Creek Reservoir area was much drier than expected!
We learned where you are legally allowed to harvest foods and medicines, how to correctly identify them using botanical science (thereby avoiding the "assisted suicide" of the inferior identification guides out there), and even learned how to cook them and prepare them for use. We discussed common sicknesses and injuries, and uncommon ones too. Our conversations drifted easily from the avant guarde of culinary arts to the ancient and time-tested recipes enjoyed by gourmands the world over, from thence to the historical importance of plants and the way that they have shaped and have been shaped by society. Ecology, geology, and blue herons all easily relate to that magnificent science of botany!
Perhaps, though, it was the friendships that developed in talking about how people use plants and rely on them, and how easily people can rely on nature that reminded us most of how much we all have in common and rekindled our joy of exploring our world through botany.
Whether it was learning that mallow can be used as a thickener in soups or how to make an aspirin-like cream to soothe the aches of age and injury, or the biochemical reasons why thistles are effective liver support and why you should never ever eat cherry leaves and bark, digressions into the differences between Korean and American cooking or how plants green deserts into forests and why people hate trees...we will always cherish the new friends we made today, and the excellent conversations we shared.
In other good news, there were absolutely no fatalities. That brings our new total of deaths during tours to... well, it's still zero. Injuries are holding steady also at none. This goes to show that by botanically identifying plants before eating them really cuts down on the accidental suicides, and encourages experimentation that may lead to improved diet and culinary pleasure.
Come on by for our next walk - let us know by email or phone that you'd like to be kept aware of when and where it is. Or ask us to schedule a free walk near you! We're glad to oblige.