Step 1: Bristly Greenbrier
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.