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Harvesting Season Has Begun...Already!

It's always a jolt for the wildcrafter out of the torpor of winter into the harvesting season starting in spring. At this time of year, everyday there is someone new to see returning after the sleepy winter months. Already there are many herbs ready for harvesting. From now until the snow falls, there's no rest for the weary wildcrafter! Here are a few of the herbs ready to be harvested now in my neck of the woods:

Dandelion flowers (Taraxacum officinale) - just the flowers are collected at this time. The leaves are harvested in the summer, after the flower stalk has died back and the roots in the fall.

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia) - the leaves and flowers are collected in the ratio of 2-3 flowers to one leaf.