Monarda fistulosa – Wild Bergamot

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Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) is a native edible plant in the mint family. It can be found blooming in sunny areas in mid to late summer.
Wild Bergamot has square stems with opposite, toothed leaves. The leaves produce an oregano-like aroma when crushed due to their thymol content.
Wild Bergamot leaves, stems, and flowers are edible. Flowers and leaves can be used fresh or dried as an oregano substitute. The plant can also be used as a tea to promote digestion.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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