It's been a tradition in my moms family to forage for black raspberries to make jelly with for as long as I can remember. I have continued that tradition in my own family.The leaves will get harvested in the fall to make our goats prenatal formula to help nourish and support a healthy pregnancy and delivery. We also use it for ourselves as a multi vitamin tea since raspberry leaf has vitamins A, B1, B2, and B3,C and E,calcium,iron,magnesium, manganese, niacin and selenium. It has a nice flavor similar to black tea.Most are very surprised as it's not what they expected.
Where you see jewelweed,you mostly will find poison ivy growing close by. Can you spot them both?
Jewleweed not yet flowered but in another month or so they are easier to spot with their pretty orange flowers.I harvested some now to make an infused oil for our soap and salve with. Traditionally used for poison ivy and oak encounters.The fresh leaves have antihistamine properties. Unfortunately once dried, they lose their medicinal value making them useless.It's why we use fresh and preserve it in oil to extract it. Very effective! In our berry hunting we encountered poison ivy everywhere. Thankfully I already have soap and salve made so with good measure we washed up quickly!