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Foraging Texas

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From 160 and Woodway to Memorial Dr. and Memorial Loop Dr.

This walking tour reveals some of the many edible wild plants one can find during the summer in Houston.

Smushed Mustang Grapes covering the sidewalk

American Beauty Berry Bush

Yaopon Holly, a natural source of caffeine with riotous, chaotic leaves

Pine needles have more vitamin C than oranges. Simmer but don't boil!

Pepper berries tastes like grapes but make your throat feel fuzzy

The lichen, or inland seaweed, found in Texas can be boiled down and sweetened with maple syrup

Spanish Moss can be used as an antiseptic bandage

The inner bark of Slippery Elm is used in cough drops and can be chewed to sooth an irritated throat

Dr. Mark Vorderbruggen

Greetings, friend. My name is Merriwether, welcome to my edible wild plants blog. By day I'm a research chemist but my weekends are spent exploring the surprisingly large tracts of wild land in and around Houston. Since the Fall of 2008, I've been teaching teaching an edible wild plant classes at the Houston Arboretum and other parks and nature preserves around Houston.