Keep your eyes open for patches of elderberries at this time of year. The blooms are a dead giveaway:
As I travel Florida’s turnpike, I see many hundreds of stands of elderberries in Florida, happy oblivious to the fact that they can grow all the way to Canada.
Keep your eyes open now, then you can go back and harvest the excellent medicinal berries in a couple of months.
Places to look: swamps, drainage ditches, forest edges, roadsides. Elderberries like moist soil and will live in half-shade to full sun.
To tell elderberries apart from deadly water hemlock, watch this video.
To discover more of Florida’s wonderful wild edible plants, pick up a copy of this book.
Now get out there and start hunting down elderberries!