Although I’m not new to wild-harvesting, until recently I had little to no experience harvesting roots. I think I had been putting it off because I somehow new how much work they were! Today we ventured out into the woods of Stouffville and surrounding area to harvest roots and rhizomes. At the very least I had to harvest 126 grams of burdock root (Arctium lappa) for a required tincture I needed to make for school. I was super pleased to find an abundance of burdock and milkweed in the area we were hiking. Not only did I harvest enough Arctium for my school tincture, I managed to harvest enough burdock and milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) to make 500 ml of tincture each! Woo hoo!
Here are some photos from the day.
Using my super fancy mini shovel to harvest a Arctium root.
This Asclepias rhizome never seemed to end! It was a great find.
Processing the roots.
The end product!