Here you can find up to date information on which species are currently available for harvesting out in the World! Most all species posted are to be found in the Eastern United States, from Texas to lower New England. Also, bear in mind that differences in latitudes will affect seasonality of many species – the further North one travels, the later in the year a given species may become available.
The transition from the end of Summer to the beginning of Fall marks the end of the growing season, and the start of the Harvest time. The berries and fruits we enjoyed all Summer long have now all mostly gone to seed, and the richer nuts and seeds of the great trees and other species are now coming into season. Mesquite beans are the first, delicious treat of this tiime of year, but in many parts of the Eastern U.S., you must be quick in order to harvest them before any late Summer rains ruin them. Turk’s cap flowers are blooming, full of delicious nectar, and the wild, promiscuous Amaranth plants are waving their full seed heads at any who pass by.Turk’s cap buttons and the beautifu, beautiful Beautyberry bushes are ripening now, and the possibilities for these excellent foods are nearly endless.
Many of the species which are harvested during the late-Summer and Fall can easily be stored for long periods of time, making them great foods to enjoy throughout the Winter, while all else is sleeping. Acorns, pecans and walnuts especially are great foods for snacking on during the cold months ahead. Beautyberries and mesquite beans can be stored too, after turning them into wonderful, gluten-free flour. You can find out how to quickly process all of these, and some fun ideas for cooking with them, on the Recipes page!
This time of year is when the seeds, the next generation of plants, begin to appear. The juicy fruits of Summer have gone to seed, and these are perfect for beginning to plant your own piece of the Wild, right at home. Wild grapes, passionfruit, Turk’s cap mallow, and many species of wildflower are easily sprouted from seed. And they are great for attracting beneficial wildlife to your area, including hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. The seeds should be gently sown, with only a light covering of soil, just after the ripened fruit is harvested. Doing so allows them to over-winter and properly germinate the following Spring.
For more information on starting your own Wild Garden, and how easy it can be, visit the Gardens page!