Looking to the past for inspiration is a recent trend in dieting. The Paleo Diet suggests eating like a “caveman”, or only partaking in foods that would have been available to early humans. Many people are creating gardens in their yards or growing tomato plants in pots to provide super fresh and inexpensive ingredients. And now Delicious Magazine says gathering edible wild food from nature, or foraging, is on the rise for gourmet chefs and home cooks alike.
Foraging Guide to Plants to Eat in the Wild
Mushrooms – Many areas have wild mushrooms growing in their wooded places, usually surrounding tree trunks and under fallen leaves. Before you go mushroom hunting, however, it is extremely important to research these wild edibles and determine what poisonous mushrooms grow in your region. Never eat wild mushrooms raw.
Chickweed – This beautiful delicate plant is identified by white star-shaped flowers. It is appropriate to eat both the stems and the leaves of the plant. Chickweed is found in many areas.
Clover – Clover plants are seen all over the western hemisphere and in many different climates. It is safe to eat clover leaves raw, but it is wise to soak them in salt water first. This will help digestion. The seeds are also edible, and the flower heads can be dried and made into tea.
Dandelions – Dandelion foraging has become especially popular lately. Dandelions are found in abundance every spring, and they are often considered an undesirable nuisance. But these edible weeds are high in nutrients like vitamins A, C, E, and several B vitamins. All parts of the plant are edible and rather delicious.
Milkweed – Milkweed is another one that needs to be consumed with caution. If not prepared correctly, milkweed can be toxic. Once the plant has been boiled and the wool is rubbed off, the plant is edible.
These wild plants that are edible are a surprising and nutritious way to transition to a more natural diet and optimum nutrition. Plus, learning to forage in your area can be a fun new hobby and a way to get outside for you and your family!
- “A Guide To Foraging For Food: 20 Tasty Wild Plants”, EcoSalon
- “Food trends for 2011″, Delicious Magazine
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