here. It never ceases to amaze me at the many uses of plants we have right around us. The power of nature can save lives and better our understanding of disease. A very good example of this would be the plantain family (not the type of banana) What I am referring to is a very common weed likely to be found in your front yard at any given time. The narrow leaved plantain has a long stemmed seed bunch that as children we would use to wipe each other for laughs.
here. As for may apple the uses are much more significant. since it is used in cancer research you are not only making a few dollars but potentially saving lives at the same time.
The tools you will need to collect this root are as follows: a large sack, something to dig with, and a large rack outside in a sunny place for drying. Once you have collected a large enough amount to satisfy yourself, wash the roots and then put them out to dry. Make sure of the weather over the next few days and make sure they do not catch moisture or else they will mold and you will have to thoroughly scrub them and restart the drying process. I would suggest either putting plastic over them at night or moving them into a dry garage to prevent them from getting dew on them. Once dry bundle them up and haul them in. It should not be hard to collect a hundred pounds of this plant or more. Chances are you have even seen it growing next to the road and never gave it a second thought. Now that you know of the importance of this plant I would suggest taking advantage of it in the short time it is available in the year.