... and its poisonous look-alike:
Last summer, I was all proud of my new found passion for plant identification. We had some friends come and walked over to the river.
Sure enough, here they were... those beautiful plants I had seen the year before. Something about them looked familiar so I looked them up and found out about all kinds of names it holds, but the one that stuck was Duck Potato. Ducks aparently like to eat them whole. Maybe it explained why they had disappeared shortly after I had seen them that first year!
Back to the friends... Look, this plant is edible. People use to eat the roots.
As I was saying this, my friend decided to pick a little corn looking thing coming out of a leaf growth and chewed on it.
Mmmh this is kind of tasty, wanna try it?
Without thinking I tried a bite and at that same moment, he was complaining about his mouth and throat feeling really itchy. And sure enough, it was my turn! After spitting and washing out our mouths as much as we could the itch lasted a while but eventually went away, after some hours!
This was Peltandra Virginica and not the Arrowhead I was so sure that it was...
We are alive!!!
Respect our habitat, always check for poisonous look-alikes when it comes to the plant kingdom. Fungi are a whole other story... with probably more danger, but the fact remains that we have to create relationships with the wild as we re-learn what our ancestors had figured out for our survival.
Re-wild with extreme caution please.
An art of releasing ourselves from hatred!!;