Tonight is my first night of my action mission for week 5, where I get my food from mother nature, eating only wild and foraged food that is either native to the Boston area, or naturalized. (You can read more about this mission by checking out my previous few blog posts, if you want.)
I'm exhausted after a very, very long day of biking and hiking and investigating wild edibles! I officially started my Wild and Free diet at sunset tonight. I didn't actually eat much of anything after sunset, because I wasn't hungry, but I did collect a wh*** lot of stuff for tomorrow, and I can't wait to do some interesting things with my loot!
I'm going to make this post pretty short so I can get to bed, but I wanted to put up my first evening's photos, for you to enjoy.
The first picture is of a willow I found about a half a mile away from Harvard Square on the Charles River. I found out that Willow has the chemical salicin in it, which is the original version of aspirin. If you make a tea out of, or nibble on, the young bark, it acts as a strong inflammation reducer, and pain reliever. I've been using it periodically today, since I took a very small branch from the tree, to see if it would help alleviate the pain of one of my teeth, which is having some major issues. I actually didn't swallow the stuff, just chewed it and then let it sit in my mouth next to the tooth, and it seemed to work. Now that I'm home, and tired the tooth seems worse, so I actually swallowed some of the juice from the bark (but not the