Archive for the ‘Edible Weeds’ Category
Gossypin is the latest health buzz and studies show it is highly beneficial as an anti-inflammatory and in the battle against melanoma. The common mallow plant is a source of gossypin and it is commonly found in many parts of the world.
The Wild Edibles Walk & Talk in Ojibway Park, Windsor was an enjoyable success. The temperature was warm, I was able to meet new people and we found an abundance of wild edibles such as mustards, wild strawberries, asters, henbit, violets, Creeping Charlie, cleavers and Queen Anne’s lace (wild carrot).
Winter survival food is knowledge to have for two reasons. Should their be an emergency such as the loss of power it may be life or death. Another reason is to simply add winter edibles to your diet. Getting nutrients from a natural source is always better for our bodies.
Children love to learn. We teach them about fruits and vegetables, so why not wild food as well? You can help them to learn using our free colouring book, which has over a dozen common wild edibles.
Dandelions are an important food source in many countries and is used in countless herbal preparations. According to recent research, dandelion root tincture has been proven to kill leukemia cells.
Learning how to identify wild edible plants is fun and it is a skill. Combine the learning process with learning how to make a fire and it makes for a memorable day!
Saving survival seeds is one of things we can do for emergency preparedness, but what seeds are you saving? What if there is no rain to grow them? Wild plant seeds should be in your emergency seed stash.
Edible tours are always enjoyable but on August 30th it was extra special. Walking through Lore Gardens with dozens of interested adults and children made this edible tour, one I shall never forget.
When cooking edible wild foods leave no edible part behind! Maximizing lamb’s quarters is easy and tasty! Using the leaves provides us with amazing nutrition, but so do the soft stems! Don’t green bin them – roast them!
Fields of Nutrition is a pocket-sized magazine that has thirty wild edibles commonly found in many countries around the world. Each edible plant comes with detailed description along with close-up images for easy identification. Each wild plant also includes health benefits and mineral, vitamin and nutritional information.
This is a guest blog written by Chris Eirschele. I come at garlic mustard from the perspective of a master gardener, the type of volunteers often charged with pulling out the plants by their blooms each spring. The herb, unwanted around native plants at wooded gardens all over Wisconsin, required deliberate effort to eradicate. Alliaria [...]
Edible weeds are plants that tell us where they want to grow – and there is a reason for this; they know better than we do! Sometimes they get a tad exuberant and they cross the line to become invasive; but make no mistake, planet Earth is as much their home as it is ours. [...]
Dandelion flowers are open once again and although these are viewed as a nuisance to some people – they add a cheerful colour to the landscape and are amazingly good for our health. In fact, dandelion greens are sold in most grocery stores nowadays! Some people consider dandelions a weed, yet categorically dandelions are no [...]
Garlic mustard is a wild edible that has earned the title of being invasive in many geographical areas. This nutritious weed even made headline news in the Green Bay Press Gazette: “Invasive species get jumpstart from warm weather, DNR warns.” Hmmm… The March 31, 2012 story makes this edible plant sound like a wanted suspect. [...]
Food really matters – and with two out of three cancers being related to food choices there is a wake-up call for all of us to start reading labels and stop putting faith into the system. Many items are approved by government agencies, yet whether these items act alone or synergistically with other chemical additives [...]
Innovative ways to take care of your heart and your skin are in the first issue of Nutrition – Nature’s Way! Never before have edible weeds been looked at this comprehensively as a possible means to help keep your heart healthy.
Taking care of your skin naturally is the simplest, most economical and the best way to cleanse and to hydrate. Inside February’s issue you’ll find out just how simple it is!
So many credible books on native North American flora often share the same story about Joe Pye yet seldom provide sourced information. Was Joe Pye a real person and if so, who was he?
Many websites and books refer to Joe Pye as being a Native medicine man from Salem, Massachusetts who earned his fame from curing colonial settlers of typhus using his eponymous healing herb. Some sources state that Joe Pye was a phonetic translation of jopi or jopai.
Plants in autumn provide windows of wildcrafting opportunity for the fervent forager. Pickings are getting slim, but depending on where you live, there are still ample opportunities to collect autumn weeds before the frost hits.
Where I live, September brought some amazing temperatures and with it plenty of new growth to take advantage of. Although I may be on borrowed time, my backyard still allows me to collect broadleaf plantain, dandelion, knotgrass, ground ivy (creeping charlie), toadflax and red clover. It was a great feeling to be outside on the first day of October collecting wild edibles to prepare for last night’s meal – and our dinner guests enjoyed every dish!