The general public has been passionate about wild picking for several years. Nature walks are multiplying all over France to provide amateurs with useful knowledge: recognize wild and edible plants, flowers and fruits. Enough to turn his walks into a treasure hunt that will delight your taste buds. As for the garden and the vegetable plot, the month of September is a period rich in harvest. Here is the list of edible wild plants, flowers and fruits to gather.
Which wild plants to pick in September?
With their garlic-scented leaves and radish-scented roots, these plants will delight fans of spicy flavors! It is called “wild wasabi”, which says a lot about its power on our taste buds. Grate the roots or prepare them as pickles. Fry the leaves and you are done.
Also known as wild spinach, Bon-Henri goosefoot is harvested until November. Eat the young shoots raw, cook the others. Be careful not to confuse it with the spotted goet, which is highly poisonous. As with any plant, only select wild plants that you are 200% sure of identification.
Like lamb quarters, wild chicory is cooked like spinach. The young shoots can therefore be eaten raw, in a salad for example, while the others can be sautéed in a pan or boiled.
Also known as uric acid grass, egopod is an edible wild plant. The young shoots are eaten in early spring in salads, pesto or cooked. Later in the year it is better to cook them, or mix them into pesto. Be very careful when picking egopod because this plant looks like a poisonous plant: the little hemlock.
The nettle does not have a good press and yet it pleases lovers of wild plants! In the spring, the young shoots are eaten. In autumn and therefore in September, you can pick its leaves (upside down to avoid being bitten) and cook them in a pan or roast them in the oven. You can also dry them to make herbal teas, blend them into a smoothie or a pesto. Rich in protein, vitamin C and iron, it is a health ally, so it would be a shame to deprive yourself of it.
Dandelions are completely edible. In September there is still time to harvest the young leaves to add to our salads. The roots can also be eaten from autumn. Grill them in a pan with olive oil or boil them in water, blend them into a puree.
Mix leaves with olive oil and almonds or pine nuts and here is a pesto recipe that we like them. You can also brown them in a pan or blanch them in water. Add a pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Simple and delicious. Young leaves can be eaten raw.
Which wildflowers to pick in September?
If you have dandelion flowers left over, you can harvest them in September. Raw in salads, you can also make “honey” from them. Discover the recipe in our article: Here is the recipe for cramaillotte, dandelion “honey” from Franche-Comté.
Very present in nature, the hollyhock has not only decorative virtues. You can also eat its flower and buds to sprinkle finely chopped in a salad or to draw.
ordinary night light
The flowers from the common nightshade, but also the young leaves, can be eaten raw in salads. It is found in nature by the coast.
What fruits and seeds to pick in September?
This small sour red berry is picked from the month of September in the middle of nature. Avoid eating it raw because of its acidity. It is better to prepare it with sugar to make jam, jelly or juice with other seasonal fruits such as blackberries.
Chestnut fruits (not to be confused with chestnuts!) keep very well for 6 months. You can eat them raw or baked after removing the skin.
the rose hip
Technically, it is what is called a “false fruit”, which is also given the cute name “scratchy ass” or “itchy hair”. Despite this somewhat repulsive image, the rose hip is quite edible. They are picked very soft, generally after the first frost. There you can taste the raw pulp.
Beech nuts (fruit of the beech tree)
From the leaf to the bark… everything is eaten in beech and therefore also the seeds, which look like buckwheat seeds, with a nutty taste. Wait until the insects, the seed’s protective shell, have fallen to the ground and dried to pick them up. Roast them in a pan or soak them in water to remove the skin and prevent headaches.
The cones of this small thorn tree, also known as “juniper”, are edible. With their digestive properties, they are added to dishes such as sauerkraut and used to make gin.
At the end of summer, it is finally possible to pick the blackberries. If you eat them raw, make sure to pick them up high. Wait until they are very ripe to eat them: they should be very soft and come without forcing the stem. You can also cook them in a pie, make jam, coulis, syrup…
Did you like this article? Don’t forget that picking wild plants cannot be improvised. Here is an article that summarizes all the rules and precautions you need to take before you start.