We live in a world surrounded by naturally occurring food and medicine in vegetation form, however that same world has a mix of poison in it as well so it’s important to be able to positively ID and understand our environment. This is accomplished with time and study. Here at OGC we intend to help you out along the way by providing some online courses as well as articles and videos specifically aimed at this very topic.
The purpose of this article is to introduce a cataloging system we’ve designed to specifically assist you with this. We call it SLAP and here is how it breaks down.
- S – Season – This identifies the season you can typically find the plant.
- L – Location – This covers the location the plant is typically found in. We will at times hit both a broad and local descriptions. For most individuals the local is more important. (ie. found near clean running water)
- A – Appearance – This will describe the plants identity, often times including multiple descriptions for various stages of growth.
- P – Preparation – This will describe how to best prepare the plant for its various uses and special instructions.
There are of course other ways you can go about the task of plant ID, but we like the use of and simplicity of the SLAP acronym and will utilize it in our blog post. As such we wanted to share a quick post describing it to you and how it works. If you have any questions or need further clarity let us know in the comments section.