Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
Known as the wild allspice. Gather the spiceberries in late summer, early fall. They are before peak right now.
I did not harvest this plant, but the friends that did were told what they had by a native to these mountains. That person claimed that branch lettuce was becoming rare due to over harvesting. It can be eaten raw in a salad, or cooked in bacon fat.
Not surprisingly with all the rain, mushrooms are popping out all over. Chanterelles are just starting their season which should go on for a couple of months especially if the rain continues. Look in the wet woods along the banks of creeks and trails. I'm also finding the edibles Lactarius volemus and Hedgehogs or Hydnum repandum, a tooth fungi. Both very tasty. Black trumpet is out there too. Check your books and don't eat anything unless you're sure. Go out on a foray with someone who knows. Lots of other interesting fungi all over the woods even if you can't eat them. Great fun.
Beautiful flush on fallen log (2' diameter or so) beside trail -- thick along 15' or so of the log.
Accidental finding made a wonderful meal!
Sunny day -- sporadic rain several days before, but not terribly heavy. Log well rotted and wet throughout.