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Environmental edibles flourish by Kennesaw Mountain

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By: Rebekah Fuchko

Field

A field located just off the “overflow” parking lot near Kennesaw Mountain acts as starting point to an array of naturally growing edible food, changing from season to season, Kennesaw, Georgia, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Clearly visible from Old 41 Highway, the environmentally abundant areas surrounding the field is overlooked by drivers and hikers alike. (JEM CAPSTONE/Rebekah Fuchko)

Muscadines

A handful of freshly fallen Muscadine grapes scooped from the ground in the midst of their season, Kennesaw, Georgia, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Yellowjackets were plentiful in the area surrounding the Kennesaw Park Muscadines, attracted to their sweet taste and scent. (JEM CAPSTONE/Rebekah Fuchko)

Persimmon ripening

American persimmon fruit coming into bloom as it enters the beginning of its growing season, Kennesaw, Georgia, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Persimmons in the surrounding area had already begun to rot, having reached their peak ripening point earlier than usual. (JEM CAPSTONE/Rebekah Fuchko)

Juniper Berries 2

Juniper berries barely starting their double season alongside a Kennesaw Mountain field, Kennesaw, Georgia, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Growing in close proximity to an array of sweet Muscadine grapes, these juniper berries piney scent, much like the gin they help produce, was distinct. (JEM CAPSTONE/Rebekah Fuchko)

Purple Spored Puff Ball

A Purple-spore puffball mushroom peaks from the ground in prime picking condition, Kennesaw, Georgia, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Found in the midst of a field near Kennesaw Mountain, this mushroom had one more of its kind, also referred to as a “savory marshmallow,” growing in the nearby area. (JEM CAPSTONE/Rebekah Fuchko)

Sassafrass 2

Sun peaks through the hanging leaves of a Sassafras tree alongside a rough trail, Kennesaw, Georgia, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Not easily distinguishable from other trees along the Kennesaw trail, the leaves of this long skinny trunked tree smelled like root beer, having been used as the original flavor component in the carbonated beverage. (JEM CAPSTONE/Rebekah Fuchko)

Chantarelle

Chanterelle mushrooms making their final debut on the tail end of their season, Kennesaw, Georgia, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.  Often growing in clusters, especially after a heavy rain, like the one caused by Hurricane Irma, the ground in the surrounding area hosted a colony of other chanterelles among the roots and plants. (JEM CAPSTONE/Rebekah Fuchko)

Spice Bush

Spicebush berries, sometimes referred to as “wild allspice,” hanging low in the peak of their season, Kennesaw, Georgia, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Also growing in the nearby area are poisonous “berries," known as jack-in-the-pulpit, which are also bright red, but host smaller berries growing in distinct seed-like clusters. (JEM CAPSTONE/Rebekah Fuchko)

Acorn trail

Fallen ripe and green acorns litter a trodden Kennesaw Mountain area trail, broadcasting their persistent presence, Kennesaw, Georgia, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Seeming to appear everywhere in the surrounding Kennesaw trail area after first notice, the acorns acted as both a greeting and a farewell to trail travelers. (JEM CAPSTONE/Rebekah Fuchko)

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