Gathering wild medicinal herbs in the snow? You bet!

As any seasoned herbalist knows, the majority of wild edible and medicinal herbs are predominantly available during the growing seasons, spring through fall. With the arrival of fall, herbalists in temperate climate zones begin to collect and stock up on their most useful herbs before the onset of winter. Why? Because most plants are herbaceous; meaning everything above the soil withers away as the plants pull all remaining energy and nutrients into their roots before dormancy, a form of plant “hibernation” that renders the aerial parts inert. As the leaves and stems whither and fall, spotting and proper identification become much more difficult. Though the roots of many herbs can be us

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