Wild edibles exist almost everywhere and are in abundance if you forage for them. Edible wild food has naturally grown in almost every corner of our planet for tens of thousands of years. Edible weeds, flowers and wild herbs were foraged and used as food (as well as medications); and they provided all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients required for the human body to maintain good health. Foraging for food used to be the way to survive.
Chances are edible weeds are in your backyard, on pathways you walk every day, or in fields you see every day. Many of these plants can be foraged and added to your daily diet to increase your nutritional intake.
There’s a plethora of wild herbs, weeds, flowers, shrubs, trees and vines all safe to eat so long as you identify them properly and know what part of the plant is usable.
Benefits of Wild Edible Plants
There are numerous benefits to eating wild edibles such as:
- They are free.
- They are genetically stronger than other food.
- Longer root systems make most weeds drought-resistant.
- Most edible plants and weeds are more nutritious than hybridized store produce.
- Eating local wild plants means that the plant fights off the same organisms as your body therefore making them highly beneficial for the immune system.
- Wildcrafting (picking your own) edibles means you get exercise, vitamin D (sunshine) and get to be in a natural, relaxing setting.