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How to select edible plants

With thousands of edible plants available in the United States for people to consume, one class in the Heartland is giving people the rights tools to discover edible plants. (Photo: Amber Draper/KTVO){ }

With thousands of edible plants available in the United States for people to consume, one class in the Heartland is giving people the right tools to select them.

The class is called Wild Edibles and is offered by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Naturalist, Alyssa Garver says participants not only learn what plants people are able to eat, but they are also encouraged to take the edibles home, and cook them.

Garver says the program talks about edibles such as mushrooms, cat tails and berries.

“There are so many wild edibles and other things. And it’s so exciting for them to be able to go out and discover nature and at the same time have things they can take home and eat.”

One of the departments biggest events, Nature Craft Night takes place December 5. Kids will be able to make ornaments from nature.


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