Bristly Greenbrier is a common woody vine here in the Midwest. Ernie claims that these wild plants are also readily found in his homeland of Laos. Habitats include moist woodlands, openings in wooded areas, woodland borders, thickets, and stream banks. Stems are covered with weak, bristle-like prickles that turn distinctively black with age. Their young leaves, shoots and tendrils are edible and make tasty additions to salads and other vegetable blends.
Step 2: Pick young upper leaves
We just pinched off the young, upper leaves and tendrils for the dish we were preparing.
Step 3: Solomons Seal
Typically found in areas that are moist to slightly dry deciduous woodlands, shady seeps, young flatwoods, woodland borders, or fencerows that are overgrown with shrubs or trees. It is edible and medicinal. The young shoots are an excellent vegetable when boiled and eaten like asparagus, for example.
Step 4: Harvest Young Top Portion
As with the Bristly Greenbrier, we just snapped off the young, upper portion of the plant.
Step 5: Maple Seeds
That overflowing lot of seeds on your maple trees are edible. They can be eaten cooked, raw or dried...a lot of people like to toss them into their salads. They are best harvested in the spring while they're young, green and tender. The smaller they are, the sweeter. The bigger and older, the more bitter they get but can still be eaten.
Simply run your hand down the branch and gather by the bunch.