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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - July 7, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois SOUTHMN ILLINOISAN SUNDAY JULY 7 W4 Foraging delicacies ByJohnShutfleworth Chickweed wild onions May apples pawpaws per simmons crab apples butter nuts Jerusalem artichokes mint red clover walnutsthe list of wild edibles that can be foraged in almost any American goes on and on Wait a minute Did I say YepCity For con trary to what you may have thought most of the really nu tritious and toothsome foraged fare grows best not in the forestbut on cleared land in and around our population centers As a matter of fact you know how to begin looking for them the chances are good that youll be able to find 100 or more volunteer fruits and vegetables growing within a mile of your home even or especially if you live in the average neighbor hood of almost any large or small town on this continent Nancy Bubel who used to live in Philadelphia she and her family have since moved out to a little homestead in the regularly for aged purslane burdock lambs quarters dandelions chickveed chicory milkweed wild cherries blackberries and many other wildlings in that city Scores of other readers have written to tell me of equally success ful forays theyVe coodncted In towns all over the United States and Canada My alltime favorite har vesters of urban wild foods however are still Cathy and Sleepy Johnson Just like the Bubels the Johnsons now hap Hy reside on a little farm stead in the countrybut they used to live in Kansas City and many are the volunteer edibles they gathered there THE MOTHER ARTH NEWS it tells you hqw Our foraging began just outside the back door with the dandelions in our yard Cathy says In the spring they supplied us with early greens for salads We also steamed Hie leaves and served them with a little vinegar and lots of butter salt and pepper in the summer we picked hundreds of dandelion blooms and made them into wine with which to celebrate the following Christmas Dur ing the fall we dug some of the plants potted them and put them in the basement where ttey supplied us with blanched mild salad leaves all winter We even added roasted and ground dandelion roots to our coffee to make it go farther Cathy notes that she and Sleepy also gathered plantain good in salads and as a pot herb and tart lemonyflavor ed wood sorrel which perks up a tossed salad or glass of cold tea right from their backyard A hundred feet further from their Kansas City home Sleepy and Cathy harvested milkweed pods in early sum mer boiled in three changes of water to remove the bitter milk theyre Behind their property the Johnsons found an elderberry patch that furnished flowers or elder blow as some folks call the pretty white blossoms which were excel lent in pancakes and fritters Hie berries from the same plant were dried stored in airtight jars and used throughout the year in cakes muffins puddings and elder berryapple pie Then there were the day lil ies that had escaped from var ious andsundry flower gar dens and begun to grow on their own Cathy and Sleepy relished their crisp pale green young leaves just as the plants foliage began to sprout The Johnsons also often ate their fill of unopened buds and just opend flowers later in the summer The buds are quite tasty you know when steamed and served with but ter and the newly bloomed flowers are areally good when dipped in batter and fried Chicory the blueflowered cousin of dandelions grows by the acre alongside a rail road that passes right through the middle of Kansas City The couple roasted its roots ground them and used them as coffee An empty lot a block from the place where Sleepy work ed yielded all the curly dock and wild mustard both deli cious spring greens that the Johnsons could eat And lambsquarters of c o u r s e sprouted almost everywhere the couplelooked They used the tender tip leaves of this last plant as a spring potherb or in cream cheeseonhomemade sour doughbread sandwiches The list of wild edibles that Cathy and Sleepy Johnson for aged in Kansas City goes on and onand theres no reason why you catft equal or better their success Get a guide book from your local library Euell Gibbons books are as good to start with as any or find an oldtimer who can show you where to begin common sense avoid gathering and eating any plants that you cant identify and always refuse to collect wild foods which might be polluted Thousands of others are already reaping a rich harvest of free eatsa har vest that begins right there in your own backyard You might as well get your share too For more detailed informa tion about the Johnsons forag ing experiences send 10 cents and a stamped selfaddressed long envelope to The Mother Earth News Box 957 Des Moines Iowa 50304 Ask for Reprint No 48 Free Foods Polish frogs take part in sex study At Wits End byErma Bombeck A US Congressman recently deplored government spending and cited just a few of the appropriations he thought were frivolous 1 to look into the bi sexual behavior of Polish frogs 2 to conduct research on the smell of perspiration from Australian aborigines 3 for the city of Los Angeles to extend Travelers Aid to migrants who get lost on the freeways Now Im as frugal as the next person but frankly I think this is money well spent Es pecially the idea of a Travelers Aid program on the expressway Workshop set on aging death A series of workshops on The Black Aging and Aged will be conducted by the College of Human Resources at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale starting Saturday Five Saturday sessions 9 am to 12 noon will be held at the Burma C Hayes MultiPurpose Center in Carbondale This is the second series of workshops on this subject sup ported by a grant from the US Department of Health Ed ucation and Welfare to the Col lege for its new program Training Community Persons to Provide Quality Services to the Aged Topics include Topics include An Overview of Aging Aug of the Black Aged Sept Aspects of Aging Sept 21 Death and Dying and Sept Differences Advance registrations should be sent to Mrs Jean Dorsett Robinson Director Training Community Persons to Provide Quality Services to the Aged Rehabilitation Institute SIUC Carbondale or phone 5387769 There is no registration fee They are jungles Why I once met a boy on an exit ramp who got lost on a cloverleaf in 1942 en route to Fort Dix The kid didnt even know the war was over This too is little publicized but theres an expressway near Cincinnati that was never built for people to exit Why whould they erect such a highway sys em you ask For many rea sons It was used to test endur ance records for Platformate It was built to research fuel emissions from beer trucks It was a road to nowhere for depressed 53yearold wo men who had just been told Social calendar MONDAY In HUrrin 10 am Monday Senior Citizens Kitchen Kuties band practice 1 pm KKS leave 100 S Park Ave for performance In CarbondaU pm Monday Senior Citi zens rhythm band at Oakdale house Senior Citizens Golden Goose Luncheon Club First Presbyterian Church 310 S University by their obstetricians they were expecting It was a strip where the highway departments put their signs out to dry YIELD MERGE STOP SOFT SHOUL DER TRUCK ROUTE DOWN TOWN RIGHT LANE ENDS YOU JUST PASSED THE BALLPARK EXIT REDUCE SPEED In no particular order I not only find the idea of a Travelers Aid program on the expressway thrilling but I would also like to see a Welcome Wagon lady cruise the area What a joy it would be to have someone visit with you as you watch your radiator boil overwelcome you personally and wish you well in your new surroundings Perhaps she could give you a certificate for a free lunch at your next Stuckeys a pic ture of a tree suitable for fram ing a bumper sticker say ing HONK IF YOU THINK IM LOST She might even provide text books for the children so they might be qualified to graduate when you find an exit Granted the government comes up with some pretty loo ney projects for spending the tax dollar But we could do worse than caring for gay frogs people pollutants and a whole gener ation growing up on the free ways without love If You Live In The Jackson County Area If You Live In The Williamson County Area ml CALL 5493326 CALL 9975432 To Place Your Classified Ad In The Southern Illinoisan FOR BOYSTank Tops shorts swimwear FOR GIRLSOne group of dresses Sundresses shortsslackstops swimsuirs INFANT BOYS AND GIRLS ONE GROUP OF TOP PER SETS SWIMSUITS ASSORTED ITEMS NEW FALL MERCHANDISE ARRIVING DAILY Use Our LayAway WUNGIN SHO 708 South Illinois OPEN MON NIGHTS TIL Next To Fashion Fabrics CARBONDALE Singer Inflation Were cutting prices The Singer Inflation fighters inctadiog me Chartes Woodnrft Regional Manager of this area are detennmed to stop inflation at the Singer door FASHION ZIGZAG sewing machine SAVE 2095 149 Carrying case or cabinet extra Carrying case or cabinet extra TOUCH SEW sewing machine WITH CABINET Has builtin straight zigzag even blindhem Stitches and the 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