Polypodium

Polyp odium Vulgare grows on rocks, trees, and soil humus in the lowland and montane zones of North America, Asia, Australia. Polypodium means “many feet” and refers to the plant’s branched rhizomes. 

 

The rhizomes are creeping, branching, sweet with a licorice flavor.

They contain a substance called osladin, which is 2500 times sweeter than the sugar so they can also be used as natural sweeteners.

 

The rhizomes are an important medicine agains colds and sore throats.

 

Seen at: Blue Mountains, NWS, Australia. 

 

For your safety, please approach any kind of foraging activity just with professional experts!