Imagine this? There are edible wild foods most likely growing in your very own backyard! There are some plants commonly categorized as weeds that are actually highly nutritious greens to harvest and eat...
Now I know that sounded a bit hippie, but if the birkenstocks fit.... there are wild foods everywhere for the picking. And for all the wild urban foragers out there this page is to tout the benefits of three edible wild foods you can easily find, and sometimes where you least expect it-in your backyard.
I just recently discovered these foods in my own backyard through a herbalist friend and I was so surprised as he plucked and ate these foods out of my garden. All these years I have been hand pulling these little gems out because I just thought they were weeds. Now you can see me happily snipping these nutritious "weeds" to use in the kitchen for my daily green smoothies!
dandelion has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes
such as a liver tonic, blood purifier, and a overall cleanser of your
system. They have been used to treat skin disorders such as acne or
psorasis; intestinal disorders, indigestion, and improves bowel
function; They lower cholesterol, dissolves kidney stones, and much
more. Most of the healing properties is simply through the high
nutritive values found in this little plant found in most of our lawns.
The dandelion leaves can be added to salads, smoothies, recipes or drink as a tea. Since this a "weed" that we tend to not like in our lawn, I say..let the flowers bloom, the bees pollinate them, and harvest these wonder greens from your lawn to munch on!
can add it to your salads, smoothies, or recipes to add super powered
nutrition to your diet. The taste is similar to watercress or spinach.
The seeds of the plant, once it flowers and they drop, can remain viable
in the soil for up to forty years. That can either be exciting, or
depressing depending on your view if it is weed or food. I say, if you
can't beat them, eat them!
The plant is edible until winters
first frost. Pick the leaves from the top to ensure others can enjoy the
plant as well. Add to salads, smoothies, and recipes. And here is
the thing...it tastes even better than my beloved spinach.
Get out, harvest, and enjoy your first bite! It is eye-opening to know these gems are edible.
When wild crafting, always follow these important tips:
-Harvest only plants you know are organic and have not been sprayed with pesticides.
-Only harvest part of the plant to ensure the growth of the plant and eliminate over harvesting which can cause endangered or extinction of species.
-Make sure you REALLY know that you are gathering the plant you want....some species look very similar...one can be your superfood green, and the other one poisonous.
SO go outdoors and be the wildman or wildwoman forager extraordinaire-and be all the more healthier for it!!!