Fermented foods and beverages have become increasingly popular because they help to support good health yet some products can cost a fair bit. Fermentation of edible wild plants is a great way to increase an already nutrient-packed food that costs virtually nothing.
Eating cheap is easier than you think when you incorporate edible wild food into inexpensive store-bought items. Not only is this a logical way to eat cheap, but your body will get an abundance of nutrients!
New plant and fungi growth is something foragers anxiously await every spring. Spring is a time to unleash the months of dormancy by getting out there and collecting fresh produce. Unfortunately, the greed of some foragers can be more important to them than following the rules of sust
The Universal Edibility Test is important to follow before consuming foraged foods. Many wild plants, berries, shrubs, flowers, and trees taste great - but they can also cause serious health problems if not tested first. Always test a new foraged food before eating.
Amygdalin, or B17, is very important to incorporate into our daily diet. It not only helps to prevent cancer, in many cases, B17 has been successfully used to treat cancer. It occurs naturally in many of our foods and in alfalfa!
Harvesting charts are a great resource to have so you know what is ready to be harvested, and what part of the plant is to be used. Foragers and herbalists alike can plan their trips into the wild to collect what they need when the time is just right.
There is a food crisis in Canada's far north and far too many people are going to bed hungry every night. Perhaps the only possible solution may be having people of the north return to some of their traditional ways.
When researching wild edibles it is mission critical to always use resources that use botanical names. There are far too many errors out there so you should always double if not triple check your sources to be on the safe side.
Spring wild edibles are out there now and after a long, very cold winter this greenery is certainly a welcome sight! Several wild edibles are peeking out of that melting snow and many more will be making their way into a forager's basket soon!