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There’s nothing quite as satisfying as picking your own food in the wilderness, and Sunrise Corner is rich in wild edibles and usable plant life.

At various times during the spring and summer growing season, you can find a plethora of berries, mushrooms and plants for your enjoyment. Here’s a seasonal guide to some popular wild edibles growing around Sunrise Corner:

  • Cattails can be harvested in early spring or fall
  • Morel mushrooms can be found in spring, once the dandelions begin to flower
  • Wintergreen berries should be picked before June
  • Blueberries, wild raspberries and Saskatoons start around July
  • Chokecherries ripen in early August
  • Lobster mushrooms can be found in mid-summer
  • Hazelnuts are ready to harvest in August
  • Acorns can be harvested between August and October
  • Highbush cranberries should be picked after a frost

These dates vary from year to year with the weather. Before you visit, ask around to see if the season has started.

For your safety and enjoyment, please follow these guidelines when you forage:

  • Be respectful of private property and nature reserves
  • Share the edibles – don’t pick everything there is in the area
  • Be wild animal smart – there is lots of wildlife here
  • Know the difference between edible and poisonous plants – buy a wild edibles guide
  • Prepare your edibles safely – buy a preparation guide or take a workshop on preparing wild edibles

If you’re interested in learning more about foraging, consider taking a workshop by local company Prairie Shore Botanicals. Learn more > www.psbotanicals.com