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Edible Wild Plants of the Pee Dee

In addition to cultivated crops, wild plants were a staple of the early Native American diet, knowledge of which eventually transferred to European settlers and African slaves of the area. Most of us have walked through a wealth of edible plants in our lifetime, but knowledge of these wild foods has been lost due in part to our growing reliance on grocery stores and restaurants for our daily meals.

Botanist Dr. Richard Porcher has spent a lifetime studying the practical applications of wild plants and often shares his knowledge with the public on guided tours. In this video, Dr. Porcher was provided numerous opportunities to identify edible and medicinal plants on a short hike during Rural Heritage Day in the Florence, South Carolina countryside.

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