As promised, I am sharing some information about some other plants which are growing right now, in mid-summer---edible plants, too!
Creeping Bellflower. She's considered an invasive weed, but you can find this one growing on many lawns, depending on the area. The flowers look like bells and make a pretty sight in the garden. The other good news is that her leaves and flowers are edible! I like to use her leaves in soups, stews and in green juices. You can also use some of the smaller or younger leaves in salads. The flowers don't taste much, but do pretty up a salad real quick. Her root is also edible <- I think roots from younger plants might taste better as some of the ones I tried were rather fibrous and tough.
Day Lily. This flower, like Creeping Bellflower, can often be seen growing in many a-garden. Flowers come in many different colors and only the true Day Lily (Hemerocallis fulva) is said to be edible (the orange colored one). I have tried different varieties and they do taste differently according to their coloring. Because they have a laxative effect, you should limit your intake to 1-2 flowers.
I like to add the closed buds and opened flowers to stir-fries, soups and stews. You can also stuff them as you would squash blossoms or bell peppers (with rice, quinoa, etc.), steam them with other veggies, or dip them in your fave tempura batter and then fry them up. The flowers are a good source of iron and Vitamin A, among other things :)
Note that the leaves are only edible when young (under 5 inches) and can have a sedative/hallucinogenic effect when eaten in large quantities. The young white tubers in the fall are also edible. You can read more about that and other info from Green Deane, foraging expert, Here.
One last thing about Day Lilies: as her name "day" implies, each of her flowers are open for only ONE day, so harvest them when you can :)
Hollyhocks. Hollys are another ornamental flower that you can see in many gardens. The flowers come in many colors, from pinks to purples to white and even black. Being in the same family as Mallow and Marshmallow, you can use all parts of Hollyhocks exactly as you would for Mallow/Marshmallow. That is:
Hollyhocks are perennials so they will come back year after year. They are tall flowers, so best to plant in the garden and not in a pot (unless it's a VERY tall pot to accommodate her long taproot). You can purchase seeds from Richters. You can read more her medicinal, edible and other uses Here and at PFAF.
Hope you have been enjoying me posting about different plants! These flowers can be seen as "edible ornamentals," so think twice about what's growing in your garden--you never know what Other Benefits your beauties may be able to bestow on you!!
Keep smilin', sunshine, because the days are long and hot and the weeds are flourishing everywhere :)
The weather has been great. Little rain, lots of sun. Perfect foraging weather! Only thing is, I've been a bit under the weather :( Took it easy this week and finally went out for a look-see on Thursday.
I passed by Appley Love Field. Noticed Mugwort in full flower, life-force dwindling; baby Mullein growing out of a crack in the pavement; Sow Thistles, 4 feet tall and all spent with white flowers; Milkweed with her huge pods, seeds to be spread soon enough; and, Goldenrod, buds no more, all in bright yellow flowers.
I didn't actually go into the field, just passed around it. I paused at the entrance, but I really wanted to go and explore the woods.
I was equipped: I had brought my citronella bug-spray and a chemical one as well. I was hoping not to use that chemical one, being an eco-friendly kinda gal, but those ladies were fierce!
Trying to bite me through my clothes, they got me under my chin :( Buzzing in my ears, bite me on a knuckle :(
Oooh, they were hungry all right! Both of my sprays lasted maybe 5-10 minutes, and I had to keep on the move. Nope, I won't have to resort to DEET (yech) because my yarrow tincture should be ready next week! Yay!
Walking into the woods, there were several trails. I spotted many, many Buckthorn trees. When I got to a clearing, I remembered I had asked this "bush" (aka Buckthorn) whether her berries were edible. She had remained silent. I had popped one berry in my mouth, but spit it out. Good thing, too, because those berries make a good emetic ;)
A few Red Clover plants, a few prunella. LOTS of Plantain, of which I was more than happy to collect. I also spotted some mushrooms growing on a log, but I have zip knowledge of mushrooms. I remember my herbology teacher showing us turkey tail mushrooms...Yeah, I don't even know what they'd look like if I came across them :) One day, perhaps...
In some ways, I was disappointed about going into "the woods." Sure, there were trees and lots and lots of Buckthorn trees! I was looking for some other plant friends that I have yet to encounter, and it seems that the plants that are growing here are the ones that are growing in other areas I've explored. That's fine---my disappointment was that there are terrible mosquitoes in this place that I could do without!!
Of course, I didn't explore ALL the area. So, yep, I'm planning on making some other visits...and it was especially fun to note that there were 3 crabapple trees growing at the start of the woods! The same 3 varieties of crabapple trees that are growing in Appley Love Field. Well, the area where I am foraging used to all be farmland...I wonder what it looked like "back then." Anyway, this time around, apples from 2 of the trees tasted SO sweet. Mmm, heavenly. The tree with the smallest apples were still tart. I collected several from the other two trees, as best I could from where I could reach on the ground :) No worries, because there will tons more apple pickin' in Appley Love Field later on!
On one of the leaves of the crabapple tree, there was an interesting fungus growing. I snapped a pic (see below), as well as a few other pics, one of a dead tree (to whom I thanked for her solemn beauty) and one of Wild Aster, who didn't want to be photographed because of her ebbing beauty, and to which I replied, "Just as you are."
I did encounter several Burdock plants, two of whom tried to stick their velcro seeds on me! I laughed and gently tugged my sweater from their grasp. There were several first year plants and I'd like to come back with my shovel and dig them up. I told the large second year plants that I would spread their seeds to ensure babies for next year...Better bring my gloves because those seeds are prickly!
Amazing how the plants change from year to year. Last year when I visited the woods, there was full of Yarrow plants growing in the clearing before you entered the woods. Now, tons of another plant, which strangely I don't know who she is, but she didn't call to me (now that I come to think of it).
In this other clearing, close to where the Burdocks were, there used to be lots of tall, prickly Thistles. This year, lots of Coltsfoot leaves were growing there and there were a few Thistles, but they were completely gone, with brown leaves and white fluffy seed heads.
I spotted but one Yarrow plant in flower growing in a ditch by the side of the road. There was also an apple tree with green apples. Too high for me, those apples bobbing on the tree, but I was able to snatch one up!
Yes, fall is in the air. Spent, dwindling life energy, brown, yellow, apples...key words that fall is in the air. Cooler days? Hm, not yet. Supposed to be a humid spell passing by. But that's fine, because cooler days will be afoot, and then winter beyond that, so no rush :)
I passed behind the mall and again, plants starting to fade away met my eyes. But, reds were in, as in rosy red rose hips!! I had collected some before, and this time some of them were so powerfully red in color! A few had started to pucker and dry up, and there were a couple of roses still, with one rose lodging a Japanese beetle! He looked quite cozy, didn't seemed at all worried that his home would soon be changing :) There was even one rose bud...Bud, flower, hip and dried hip, all growing in one area! No, not on the same rose flower, as there were many small bushes all growing in a large row.
I collected half a large paper bag, and made sure each rose hip had a stem bit at one end and a hairy bit at the other. If you want to know if your rose hips are fermenting, just see if there are fruit flies in your house ;) I noticed a few insect friends when I went to check up on my previously collected rose hips. Speaking of previous, I had noted in an earlier diary post that if you leave the rose hip open, it can grow mold. I spoiled one of my batches that way last year and was none too happy to run out of rose hips to make oil. Also applies to any squished rose hip or if there's any tear in the haw. Good to know :_)
As I have about 1-liter of oil infusing right now, I'm going to leave the hips out to dry and make another half or 1-liter oil later, maybe in October. The hips take a long time to dry because it's actually early to be picking them in September, but the bushes will be probably geting a pruning soon. Perhaps not as they were well pruned last year and the bushes are quite small still.
Anyway, I'd really prefer to make my face oil with fresh hips as opposed to dry, because I find that the oil is more potent. I'm figuring the hips should still be somewhat fresh come October. Since discovering mold for the first time in my facial oil last year (I used dried hips and re-used an old bottle), it made me aware --- just like when you're making fermented veggies (e.g. sauerkraut)--- that everything should be clean, clean, clean. I might buy some new amber bottles to save me the hassle of really cleaning my old ones, but that's to be seen :)
Speaking of sauerkraut, I bought the special crock pot from Germany from UpayaNaturals. It had a medium-sized price tag, but I love that the crock is made from unleaded stoneware. I got the 10L one and used up 3 heads of cabbage. It's barely filled to half way! I also got the PRICEY probiotics to help the cabbage to ferment, but honestly, it's not needed. I've made sauerkraut in a crock pot and mason jar, have used both salt and no salt, have added in spices like ginger and dill, and have used other veggies such as carrot, parsnip and apple. I might try it with some wild edibles next time around, maybe some wild parsnip (aka Creeping Bellflower root) or Wild Carrot, aka Queen Anne's Lace. HERE are a few recipes on the site if you have an interest.
Well, I'm working all Labor Day Weekend, so go out and enjoy the sunshine, sunshine :)
PS. Think I'm going to call those woods Buckthorn Woods, only aptly named after all 'em trees. Pardon me, after all them "deciduous shrubs," to be botanically correct ;)
PPS. Workin' on the ebooks, oh yeah!! My Squash and Crabapple Pudding came out G-R-E-A-T! Well, I like it :)
Well, it's almost official: they're going to be building condos on Bellefield. Most of the plants are gone, hacked away. In the center of the field there's a wooden stake with a painted orange circle. That's what gave it away. That, and that a person walking his dog I had met before had mentioned the idea.
This time around, I didn't feel sad. I didn't feel anything at all. I just walked along where tall plants used too be: white vervain, blue vervain, cow parsnip, wild parsnip, yarrow, sow thistle, red clover, milkweed, mugwort, plantain and thistle.
Interestingly, today was the first time I went foraging all week. Not that I didn't have the opportunity, oh no the weather has been great. Just busy doing my other love...
Wait. Would that be cooking, exercising, writing, reading, gardening...or...?
Yes, they've been having some back to school sales and so I've been enjoying looking and buying :) Although it is also true that I've been busy exercising, gardening and writing/experimenting with chokecherry and crabapple recipes, including making jelly, jello, gummy candies and pie! :)
Bike riding yesterday from one mall to the next, I passed by Bellefield and was invited to come for a visit. I saw the plants and thought to come right then, but it just wasn't the right timing. Then, this morning, I started writing an article about the uses for Burdock. It got me thinking about making a pesto with the leaves and how the petioles are edible (kinda like celery), so that got me thinking about going to Bellefield.
Walking along the path from the street, I went close to the plants growing along the water. Lots of Burdock, first year and second year. I collected some stems and leaves and, lo and behold, tons of Dandelion! Strange that I should be finding her now when all summer I've been collecting Sow Thistles, not Dandelion! But I'm more than happy to be finding her, as her leaves are an excellent diuretic. I dry her leaves and use her as a green in my soups.
There was one plant that I thought might be Wild Chervil. I just wanted to pull up the root, so I was thinking it might be a carrot plant. The leaves didn't seem like that of Wild Carrot, aka Queen Anne's Lace, but I'd like to go back with my spade and dig her up. I'd also like to collect some Burdock roots and Dandelion roots. At work, there's Bellflower growing and the roots are edible; they taste like parsnip! Indeed, I just wrote an article for the [Grow] Network about edible ornamentals, so I'll be posting that soon in Chitter-Chatter for ya'll to read about :)
Walking up the bridge to get to the actual Bellefield, there was tons of Jewelweed, all in flower. I'd hoped to try a Jewelweed pod, trailside nibble apparently, but no luck this time around!
Walking in the remains of Bellefield, I collected more Dandelion leaves, some Sow Thistles and yes, who should be there, but Motherwort!
It's amazing how plants get hacked down, but they still continue growing. They don't just give up and die. No, they continue to regrow their leaves and put forth their flowers, only now they are much smaller, much closer to the ground. I was reading about that in my reference books of plants in my area, that so-called "weeds" have adaptive strategies for "survival" since they are often pulled. Such survival techniques include producing a multitude of seeds (yes, well, Dandelion is found the world-'round), reproducing by runners (like Violet) and having roots where even just one bit left in the ground will spawn a new plant (that'd be Mugwort, she's a keeper, all right). Some plants even grow faster with a good stomping!
Motherwort was looking really good, with nice green leaves. She's in the mint family, you know, and just like Mint, she can spread! I collected her leaves to put in----yes, yes, my SOUP! I dry her leaves and then come soup time, I go looking for what greens I can add to it. No need to go buying leafy greens in winter if you can collect enough during the summer and fall months! Sigh. Besides that garden I'd like to have one day, I'd probably like a root cellar, large freezer and conservatory/solarium to enjoy plants year 'round. Oh no, no big dreams here. Just a mad love affair with plants :)
I actually decided to walk all the way to the end of the pathway this time. Saw more Sow Thistles and Sumac. Took a berry in my mouth, but eh, it had rained a bit the other day and she tasted washed out. Yes, if you want to harvest Sumac, you should do the taste test: you can lick your finger and then swipe it on the Sumac and back in your mouth for a taste, or just pop a berry in and check. You're looking for a sweet-tart taste. If it's rained, she loses her taste, but then the rule of collecting herbs anyway is to wait at least 2 days after a rainfall.
My fave part about this walk was that the sun was shining through the leaves and I was enjoying the dancing rays as they fell on my face. I absorbed the light with my eyes, and took in the plants with serenity and joy. I stopped to have a nibble of Vetch. Yes, she's in the pea family and you can munch on her flowers as a trailside delight. I did! And while I did, I was watching this fantastic-looking black spider that had a white dot on her bum trying in this comedic act to climb up a web to reach what appeared to be old food. The web was all wrinkled up and the insect seemed large but dead. I found it so funny and entertaining at the same time. And what I loved most about that moment was that i was there, i was present. i was just watching the moment.
I spotted some New England Asters and put just a few petals in my mouth. I know her root is known to be useful for lung ailments, but don't remember if any of her bits are edible.
That concluded my rather short foraging trek. Not much action, it would seem, because all the action is happening in the kitchen. The creative spin has turned to cooking, oh yes indeedy! Besides making pesto with Burdock, I was writing today some recipes ideas for Yellow/Curly Dock seed. Yep, her seeds have all gone brown (they start off green and then change to brown when ready to use) and I still have tons from last year because I found the "chaff" a bit too rough for my intestines. Fine if you need the fiber, but with my high veggie diet, I'm good :) Planning on taking off the chaff and baking up lotsa goodies!
Busy, busy, busy. Experimenting with recipes, retesting, writing them up, and then...ebooks time!
That's it for this time, sunshine :)
Ps. Discovered a new friend at Bellefield! There was only one of her, but her smiley yellow flowers have her away as Evening Primrose. great herb for inflammation of all sorts, great tonic for the female reproductive system. She also has edible bits, including a root that tastes like parsnip and edible EFA-rich seeds! You can read more HERE by Kiva Rose :)
Motherwort, Bladder Campion, Vervain, Turtlehead, Toadflax, Green Coneflower, Wild Carrot, Goldenrod & More
Buckle your seat belt, ladies and gents, because it's gonna be a bit of a long one! Pics too, scroll down to see now!!
I've been back-to-back foraging for several days now! First it was all rain, and now it's just all sun! While that's good news for foraging, after a while the plants start gettin' dried out---no good for anyone!
Let's start with The Day Before: I collected some Sow Thistles growing around my shed and snapped some pics of the plants on my balcony garden. Then, a return to Bellefield. I took some pics of some new plants, as well as some insect friends: Shy, Sleepy and Spritely. Ladybug was the shy one, Japanese Beetle was the sleepy one and Cricket was the lively, spritely one. Oh yes, indeedy!
He hopped onto the paper bag I was using to collect Red Clover, and stood there waiting for me to take his picture.
His whole energy kept saying, "Well, are you going to take a picture of me? Me?! C'mon now!"
He was giving me his side angle. Then he turned to look at the camera squarely, to give me his front view. Through the camera lens it seemed we were face-to-face! Hm, a zen master in disguise, perhaps?!
I was feeling tired, detoxing from being on the juice fast. The energy of the field had shifted as well, it wasn't like the other day when I had come. The sky was overcast and I encountered a young boy walking his dog.
I didn't get any Yarrow or more St John's wort (as I had last time around), but I did find a few Prunella (Self-Heal) plants, as well some Motherwort. This time when I left, I took the path that led to the street, and growing at the edge of the field, there she was: Motherwort! I had brought my clippers with me, although I wished I had a better pair of gloves because Motherwort has prickly bits!
Yep, and that was the first thing I did after leaving Bellefield: get a thick pair of gloves ;)
I then went behind the mall, just to pass by, and---what a find! Someone's crabapple tree had a branch that had bent and there were apples right there for the pickin'! I was sure the people who owned the tree had noticed and would be cutting down the branch soon enough. Or not. Not everyone is into the sourness of crabapples, but I tell ya, even green crabapples can be turned into jelly. Or juiced. They kind of remind me of Granny Smith apples. Low in sugar, and that sourness helps to destagnate the liver.
Meantime, I bit into an apple and it was so good, because I needed a lil boost from fastin'! Nope, just chewed the apple and got the juice, then spit out (gross, yes I know), the pulp. Yep, they were green, tart crabapples all right. Yummy to my taste buds :)
I was able to collect 3 shopping bags full of apples!!
It was so much fun, too, that I thought I might go and ring the neighbor and ask if I could pick some apples from their tree, even offer them some money if need be. Heck, it was just part of the branch, and I was loaded with fruit! Made me envy all those who have fruit trees! Why, just one fruit, if she produced well, and a family could be set with apples for quite a while. Mmm, all the recipes one can do with apples. Apple juice, apple cider, applesauce, apple pie, dried apple bits to put into cereal and oatmeal, apple muffins, apple cake...
And on to Yesterday: I went to a new field, Dandyfield. I'm calling it Dandyfield because there are NO DANDELIONS growing in this field. Just like we think Iceland is cold or Greenland is hot, the reverse is actually true!
This field is actually an abandoned lot, but there are plenty plants 'round, that's for sure. The earth is rather gravelly, which might explain why there aren't any dandelions, although I did spot a few Wild Lettuce plants.
There were many Milkweed plants growing, many were starting to form their pods. I took several small ones and even some follicles (or seed pods).
I could feel the Jing, the essence, in those little guys!
More Mugwort. I see her growing everywhere, even in my pot on my balcony. She's a keeper, what can I say :)
Mullein, growing right in the pavement. Small baby ones, too. I think there were only 3 plants so I didn't bother them.
Sumac. LOTS of Sumac! They grow in colonies, apparently. Oh yeah, there was a whole family of them. I licked the Sumac to see if they were ready to harvest, but no, not just yet. They are a dark wine color, but they need to mature just a little bit more. Then it'll be lemonade time ;) Yes, she's one of the spices used in Za'atar.
Goldenrod. Bright yellow-colored flowers, they are just starting to flower. The time to get them is NOW, because soon the bugs will be all over 'em. Many uses: infused in oil as a muscle reliever; in tea she's helpful for urinary issues.
New England Aster. Pretty flower, the root is used in TCM for lung issues.
Chicory. A couple of plants, and their flowers were almost spent. Root roasted and ground as a coffee substitute.
Tons of this white plant, which I think might be Sweet White Clover.
If she is Clover Honey, she has a vanilla-esque taste, so she can be dried for tea or her seeds can be ground and used for flavoring, and young leaves before she flowers can be used as a pot herb, according to Green Deane. I bet she'd make a nice potpourri, too. Guess I'll be going back to check her out. And there were tons and tons of her in this dandelion-less field!
Bladder Campion. Interesting flower because of her balloon-shaped calyx. Root used in TCM for lung issues. Leaves also edible as a pot herb (boil for 10 minutes, then eat).
Queen Anne's Lace or Wild Carrot. Big white lacey flowers having a black center dot means that she's in her 2nd year, as Queen A is a biennial. You can eat her leaves, tempura her flowers, and get her root in the first year in the fall. Tastes like: wild carrot! Seeds taste like caraway. A sweetie, for sure :)
There were several trees, all of which have ripening fruits that will be up for the picking come August and September: Mountain Ash/Rowan Berries, Crabapples and I think a wild plum, no, a wild currant tree (to verify). I know the fruit tasted like a plum, although the tree told me, "The fruit ain't ready yet, sweetie." She was right :0
I then went to explore the woods nearby. Yep, I knew there were mosquitoes, so I was wearing pants, a long sleeved sweater and had brought my homemade insect repellent along: equal parts mugwort tea and apple cider vinegar (2 cups each I used) + 10 drops each essential oils of lemon, fir, eucalyptus, lavender, spearmint, rosemary and a few drops of cedar.
I spotted Chicory right away (leaves and flowers are edible, but bitter, known as I said as a coffee substitute) and took a few snapshots, but that was it.
The mosquitoes were fierce; they were out for blood, my blood! My insect repellent worked to ward them off for maybe 5 minutes and I had to keep moving. There was no way I was going to be staying here for long!
I managed to collect some Plantain leaves and some Red Clover leaves. As I had come here a few times last year, I was looking for Prunella and found but a few flowers. Looking around, I spotted a Crabapple tree and I think there was an Elderberry bush. Elderberry is great to make elderberry syrup for coughs, colds and sore throats. But she tastes so great, you can use "just because" :)
I quickly hurried along another path where, I remembered, Prunella had been growing last year. Sure enough, there were many violet sweeties growing there. I followed them to the point where I was almost alongside the road, and am happy to say that I collected quite a few! Once dried, she makes a very nice tea. Just add some stevia and some milk and you're set. Great to move the lymph in the body and help with weight loss. WIN!
I saw some familiar faces: Wild Parsnip, Cow Parsnip and eek---Baneberries, aka, Doll's Eye.
I still remember my encounter with her last year. There I was, all innocent-like, romping around with my field manual looking for "gold" in the forest. All seemed so inspiring, and friendly (except the mosquitoes). And then, there she was. And this feeling came over me. A shiver running up my spine, a cold feeling suddenly. Creepy energy oozed from those white berries with the dots that look like doll's eyes. Just look at that blood red stem that makes you think of blood...Blood and porcelain doll eyes in haunted movies. Stay away, stay far away!
Yes, she is poisonous. And yep, I left her well, well alone, all right!
Plants in the woods are not the same as those that grow in fields. I mean, they can be, but even the Red Clover and Prunella I found were growing more in clearings than in the denser, shadier areas created by the trees. So you have to watch out. Be mindful, know what you're doing. But then, you're only supposed to forage what you know for sure what is, is @ 100%. Wordy sentence? Eck, you get my meaning ;)
Before heading back home, I went behind the mall and guess what new plant I found? Toadflax! Also called Butter-and-Eggs. Pretty flower, good for dropsy (old word for edema). I collected several plants to repot and study them more at home! Got some Sow Thistle leaves and some rose petals, even a few buds. So rare I take buds, but the flowers have all made way to rose hips now. Yep, they are all in their green-colored stage, but I spotted one or two starting to turn red. You know what that means? Between the golden yellow of Goldenrod and the red of the Rose Hip, fall is on its way!
I know, I can't believe it's already mid-summer either :)
And on to Today: Back to Bellefield. Collected more Red Clover, lots of sweet-smelling White and Pink (yes, pink!) Yarrow in flower, bitter Motherwort in flower, and a bit of muggie (Mugwort).
NEW plants: Blue Vervain! She is flowering now, so it's the right time to get her special medicine :) She grows where there's water, which explains why I've never encountered her before. Her seeds can be ground like four and leaves (or the flowering tops) used for tea. I also got White Vervain. Here's what Susan Weed had to say about Blue Vervain:
"Use the tincture of fresh vervain flowers, 20-40 drops in water, before bed and as needed, to strengthen the nerves, relieve insomnia, dispel depression, treat nervous exhaustion, and moderate headaches, including migraines. (Vervain was a favored plant for the Maiden's altar and the moon lodge, where she was used to promote the onset of the menstrual flow, ease cramps, reduce flooding, and quicken desire.)"
A keeper for sure :)
Turtlehead. Very unique and pretty plant! She makes a bitter tea, but bitter = good for gallbladder and liver issues.
Green-headed Coneflower. Very tall, she was growing beside the creek. Pretty yellow flowers on a GREEN cone in the center with 3-parted leaves. So lovely.
Well, I think all plants are lovely :)
I go around telling each plant how beautiful she is, but then, as I've confessed on more than once occasion to many plants, I think each and every one of them is unique. And not just every "species," but every single plant is special. Even though all red clover plants or dandelion look the same, for example, each plant, every single of them, is...for lack of a better word, unique.
Finally, also identified 2 plants that were growing at work that I had brought home to study better: one is Loosestrife, helpful for IBS apparently, and another is Bellflower. Bellflower has edible flowers and her root tastes like parsnip, would you believe!
Oh, yes. All this foraging has made me rethink what I think of food. We have food that is sold in the grocery stores and farmer's markets, but who has gone and deemed such food as edible. For example, tomatoes were grown as ornamentals because people were wary of their solanine content. Now tomato sauce in pasta and pizza is so commonplace. No tomatoes in your household? You've got to be kidding me!
Foraging has made me realize that there is a whole world of other plants that we can be eating! It has made me rethink what we think of as food and what we don't. It has made me more conscious of the food that I put on my plate, and the food that I put in my mouth and feed my body. And my soul.
With all the talk of toxins in the environment and plant-strong nutrition, I see more and more that what is needed is to return to the land, to our roots. What is needed to counteract the damage that has been done and continues to assault our bodies is to grow our own food and herbs, and to eat "superfoods" which are right below our feet and in our gardens as "wild edibles." Indeed, we should relabel them as Wild Superfoods. They'll be the kinds and queens ruling in my garden, I can tell ya ;)
On that note, I'll be signing off and seeing ya next time, sunshine :)
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