Wild Plants and Herbs with Susan Swede

Susan Swede identifies wild plants growing near her home that can be eaten or used as medicine.

00:07Copy video clip URL Black and white footage of Tobe Carey. No audio. 

00:23Copy video clip URL Susan Swede in a field. Color footage. Set-up. Swede offers a warning about remembering that “each body’s different” and that when eating wild plants you need to be careful. “It doesn’t have to be poisonous to have a bad effect on your body.” She discusses allergies and other possible adverse reactions to foods that are exaggerated in wild plants. She recommends starting small before working up to larger portions or doses.

02:48Copy video clip URL An “overgrown” garden in which weeds are common. “A lot of these weeds are not actually weeds, but food.” She points out amaranth and discusses its use as well as preventing aphid infestation.

04:59Copy video clip URL Ragweed, which is “almost totally worthless” and gives people hay fever. Swede says she pulls it up immediately when she sees a plant. 

05:54Copy video clip URL Mustard plants. How to identify edible cruciferous plants. 

06:52Copy video clip URL Sunflowers, tomatoes, and borage, all planted in the same row as “companion plants.”

08:15Copy video clip URL Cinquefoil plants, which are good for medicines. 

09:04Copy video clip URL A purslane, aka “Mexican spinach,” a weed that she “semi-cultivates” in her garden. A richly flavored green. Two different varieties of sorrel growing next to it. 

12:52Copy video clip URL Identifying red clover. 

13:49Copy video clip URL Jerusalem artichoke plants, whose tubers taste like “a cross between sweet potato and parsnip.” Swede says it’s one of the best plants to grow in the Catskills.

14:49Copy video clip URL A pumpkin vine. Swede recommends eating the non-fruiting male flowers. 

17:22Copy video clip URL A grouping of plants with sorrels and heal-all (or selfheal) plants. Medicinal uses of the herb. 

19:54Copy video clip URL Yarrow plants, “one of the most healing herbs” found in the Catskills. 

21:08Copy video clip URL Wild oregano or wild marjoram, which grows everywhere in the region. Useful as medicine for “womanly complaints.” 

22:23Copy video clip URL Discussion of goldenrod tea. A wild basil plant, which is also good for mesntrual disorders and cramping. A white vervain plant, which is “good as a tonic and a blood cleanser.” A small goat approaches Swede. 

23:20Copy video clip URL Looking for St. John’s Wort. Finding Queen Anne’s Lace or wild carrot, which Swede compares with water hemlock. A thistle plant. “All thistles are edible.” Methods for cooking thistle. Discussion of the weather drying out during the month of August. 

26:20Copy video clip URL St. John’s Wort. Two dogs are playing, rolling around on the ground with each other, just next to Swede as she explains how to identify the plant. Medicinal uses of the flowers for wounds and for menstrual problems. 




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