Rose salad and sumac lemonade: Wild Edibles class teaches basics and benefits of gathering food from the wild outdoors

(New Ulm, MN) – Edible plants all around, but it’s not necessarily common knowledge which  plants are safe for consumption or how to utilize them for a meal.

Scott Kudelka, a Naturalist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is educating people in the region on how they economize food costs and find healthy options in our own backyards.

Kudelka is hosting a Wild Edibles class at Flandrau State Park on Tuesday, August 14 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.  The program teaches attendees about plants that are edible and plants that aren’t, and how edible plants can be used for general consumption- or for survival in extreme cases.

“Wild Edibles is a fun program to do and one that draws a lot of interest for all ages,” said Kudelka.  “People are interested in it for a number reasons, like wanting to know what types of plants are found in their area, and also for making their own products like jam and jelly.”

Those interested in attending can register online or by contacting the New Ulm Rec Center.

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