I have a funny habit. After identifying any new plant,I look it up in the National Library of Medicine's Pubmed database. I want an ingredient list. My plant friends often appear exclusively on protected Land Trust properties. Maybe it's microbes in the protected soil, as unknown as the dark matter of our gut flora, supporting essential interactions.
Foraging is more than a diversion for me. Part of my passion for all things biological stems from my conviction that our learning the code of nature's sophisticated technology is, on a broader scale, a matter of life and death for the human race.