How to dry your own wild edibles

August 26, 2012 at 6:32 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today I want to show you how I dry my edibles that are still plentiful outside! So get ready to prepare for winter… Although I start preparing in spring when the first greens come out and are full of nutrients and still taste milder (I am lazy and rather pick some every time instead of a bulk at one time) you can surely do that now as well. I do, too.

So, this is how the picked plants look like after a few days laying out on trays – in room temperature. I do it really easy…when I bring them home I just spread them on trays …

…or put them in wooden boxes like this one (if you choose this way or the way above you might want to move the edibles around once a day so they don’t rot – especially when they are still wet)…

…or I hang them up like this…

…or just leave them in cloth bags…and they just dry (if it’s warm enough in the room…summer room temperature - without A/C ;)…). Otherwise put them in a dehydrator or other warm room in the house. This will work, too.

When they are nice and crispy ;)…I just fill them in paper bags…

…and store them for the winter on any other time I need them! It’s that easy and doesn’t take long at all…works pretty much by itself :).

That way you know what you eat…since you picked it with love and knowing they are not sprayed, etc. (make sure you only collect them in “clean” areas, of course)…and you can give your body the nutrients it needs – even during winter time!

Happy picking!

The first Edibles :)

March 22, 2012 at 7:17 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It is soooo beautiful outside now! The sun is finally shining again, the wildlife awakens, the birds are back and the mood jumps throught the roof ;)… It IS so much fun to be outside…and pick the first tender greens, enjoy the music of nature and play around with my pack :). By the way, if you have or like dogs please visit me here: www.howaboutdog.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/aboutdogs and enjoy the videos, fun and info I share about dogs!!

Now, go outside and pick some tasty, very nutritional greens your body is aching for especially after winter. Fill your depots with lots of important vitamins and minerals to stay healthy and fit! If you want to do even more for your body and get fresher through spring enjoy a wonderful 21-DAY GREEN SMOOTHIE DETOX: http://bit.ly/GE3nzj 

 
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Wild Edible Online Course

February 3, 2012 at 6:40 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Latest chance TODAY – 3 Feb 2012 – to join this awesome class!

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No worries if you miss a class.

You’ll be able to access the course materials at any time you like, and I’m sure a few of your fellow “students” will be playing catch up right along side you.

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In case you missed all the announcements about it, this is a course that will:

-last about 17 weeks

-save you in groceries three times what it cost to sign up

-teach you how to eat for free (or pennies a week)!

-provide you with recipes and food preparation ideas for how to use wild edibles and medicinal plants

-help you discover an entire forest of foods you can forage for FR.EE!

-get you back in communication with nature feeling more fabulous and alive than ever!

An extremely useful plant – Gallant Soldier

December 9, 2011 at 8:28 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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 Galinsoga parviflora is a herbaceous plant in the Asteraceae (daisy) family. It has several common names including Guasca (Colombia), Mielcilla (Costa Rica), Galinsoga (NZ), gallant soldier[2] (USA).

Galinsoga parviflora was brought from Peru to Kew Gardens in 1796, and later escaped to the wild in Britain. In Britain its name Galinsoga is sometimes popularly rendered as “gallant soldiers”, and then sometimes altered to “soldiers of the Queen”. In Germany it is called Franzosenkraut.

Gallant Soldier (Galinsoga parviflora) is an ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft). It is in flower from May to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects, self.The plant is self-fertile.
The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.It requires moist soil.

In Colombia it is used as a spice herb in the soup Ajiaco. It can also be used as an ingredient in leaf salads. In much of the world it is considered a weed.

Treatment

Galinsoga is extremely effective in treatment of wounds. The juice of galinsoga helps blood to coagulate faster and also acts as an antibiotic agent. Some people claim that usage of galinsoga helps wounds heal faster. Even though galinsoga is considered a weed, it is an extremely useful herb.

You can eat the leaves. It has it’s own flavor. I like it. It is full of iron, too.

Source: www.pfaf.org, www.wikipedia.com

How to get rid of Ground Elder :)

September 27, 2011 at 12:54 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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When I went outside a few days ago I was thrilled as I found a new spot full of Ground Elder (also known as Goutweed, bishops weed and herb Gerard)! :) My heart starting singing and my voice, too. ;) I know many people try to get rid of Ground Elder as this is a very easy to spread weed. Buuut if you just be happy and appreciate it’s existence it will do you some good! You can actually eat it in your salad, Super Green Smoothies, etc. I use it en masse if I can find it. I always have to smile when people try to weed their garden. If they just knew how precious those weeds are that try to get their attention. Chances are if it grows around you (and sometimes it is a weed that you can’t get rid of or you have in abundance and wonder why) it is growing for you! It is known that plants do interact with humans and bring forth their best sides and nutrients in order to help you with your health and ailments! Amazing, isn’t it??

Well, then let’s look at the Ground Elder a little closer. The name itself sounds very wise ;). The elder…may be we should go and ask it if we need help… Anyway, Ground Elder is often used as ground cover or it decides by itself ;).

It’s Latin name is aegopodium podagraria and is PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies. The plant is self-fertile.

The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil. Ground elder is native to Europe, naturalized inNorth America and found in woodlands.  It was also cultivated as a food crop in the Middle Ages, especially in Russia (and in Siberia in particular – the Russian Saint Seraphim of Sarov is said to have survived three years on eating mainly ground-elder while on self-exposed exile in a deep forest), Scandinavia, in Central Europe. Old Finno-Ugric peoples were keen consumers of ground-elder, too. According to some sources, old traders wrapped their vegetables into ground-elder leaves to keep them fresh looking and smelling – the leaves are high in essential oils and helped to keep the other produce fresh and aromatic, too. Ground elder is a rampant weed that grows in any soil and almost impossible to eradicate once established.

 

Ground elder has a long history of medicinal use and was cultivated as a food crop and medicinal herb in the Middle Ages. The plant was used mainly as a food that could counteract gout, one of the effects of the rich foods eaten by monks, bishops etc. at this time. The plant is little used in modern herbalism. All parts of the plant are antirheumatic, diuretic, sedative and vulnerary. An infusion is used in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis and disorders of the bladder and intestines. Externally, it is used as a poultice on burns, stings, wounds, painful joints etc. The plant is harvested when it is in flower in late spring to mid-summer and can be used fresh or be dried for later use. A homeopathic remedy is made from the flowering plant. It is used in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism.

The leaves are high on Vitamin E, as well as vitamin C, they’re rich in antioxidants, minerals, flavonoids and fibre. Dishes containing ground-elder are easily digestible, and have cleansing properties – so they’re good for that spring-time detoxing :).

 Edible Parts: Leaves and stems.

Leaves – raw or cooked. Eaten raw they are more nutritious though! The taste reminds me of celery. The leaves are best harvested before the plant comes into flower, they can be used in salads, soups, or cooked as a vegetable. If you cut it down once in a while or pick it it will come back young and tender. Yummy! 

Now – go out and pick it! :)

Here are some pictures to help you identify it:

Watch the triangle stem. Once you smell it you will remember it, too! I do anyway ;)…

The leaves are interesting, too. You might want to eat the young ones only. I do eat both:

The whole plant – Umbels of white flowers rise on long stems to 90cm above the leaves.

This is what I use for my Super Green Smoothies in the morning:

Dandelion, ground elders, silverweed, cleaver, plantain, common hogweed, lady’s mantle, lambsquarters, malva, leaves of apple/cherry trees, leaves of hawthorn and more…depending on what’s available at that time… and fruit.

And this is how my Superdrink looks like then:

It takes soooo good and gives energy for the whole day :)… Try it and report back! :)

If you are interested in great books about gardening & wild foods: http://bit.ly/nGEXXs

References:
http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Aegopodium+podagraria
http://www.allaboutherbs.org/ground-elder-aegopodium-podagraria
http://nami-nami.blogspot.com/2011/05/gardeners-revenge-ground-elder-and.html
http://www.finlandinsider.com/picking-wild-foods.html

Do I have to worry about ticks, fox tapeworm, poop and pee?

April 11, 2010 at 9:57 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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In my opinion you don’t have to worry if you eat naturally (raw foods) and your immune system is strong. I believe that our bodies are meant to deal with those little “influences”. We were meant to live in nature and with everything that’s “out” there.

If you find ticks just take them off as soon as possible. It’s said they only transfer illnesses after being “stuck” on you for over 24 hours. The sooner you find them the better. If you are worried about lyme disease, etc. you might also check this out: http://www.klinghardtneurobiology.com/chronicillness.htm (Dr. Klinghardt also did a lot of research on heavy metal toxity, another very important topic.)

The fox tapeworm is in my eyes another try to put fear out. We should rather buy our produce (loaded with chemicals) in a store rather than pick them for free in the forest ;). It’s up to you what you believe and do. Many generations got their berries from the forest (and snacked a good part of it right there) and surely didn’t have more problems than we do have nowadays.  I do believe our bodies can deal just fine with eggs of all kinds of worms as we surely can’t avoid them everywhere…or we’d have to stop breathing…and I rather choose to breathe, live and enjoy my life without fears. Plus, it’s known eggs and worms of all types are a good source of nutrition ;). In some countries they eat them daily as delicacies. ;) Of course, those tiny ones you hardly see you just breathe in…hihi.

Well, about poop and pee… I don’t pick my wild edibles right next or under poop ;). I make sure it’s clear of poop. And if an animal peed on it…oh well…good I didn’t know ;). Come on…people sometimes treat themselves with their pee…and that’s often loaded with medication… I am sure a little pee from a deer is ok if you really picked that one plant that got some ;). Some animals eat poop in order to get more nutrients… At the end it’s just processed food. See it as more nutrients and enjoy ;). I just don’t worry too much :).

Now, go outside and enjoy those wild greens – instead of getting sick of worries ;) !!

Those delicious young greens… :)

April 1, 2010 at 3:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A happy spring time to you!!

I am sooo excited about the fresh young greens!! Here you can see my first “bouquet” of stinging nettles… Soooo yummy :)…and recharging.

 

Oh and if you are looking for me – I’ll be out there hoping from nettles to thistles…to dandilion…to wood sorrel…and so many more… Those young ones are especially good. Have you tried gras yet? If not this is the time. It’s so sweet! Like stevia almost. Very good. Now I know why it’s called spring…because I am so happy that I jump around like a spring :D. What do you like best in spring time?

If you want to learn more about them just look here: http://bit.ly/cQysnY

Have fun jumping around & eating greens! Now is the time if you want to start with them!
Sonja

Yummy berries in the “cold” season…

January 10, 2010 at 7:15 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Winter brings lots of fun but also times of not feeling so well. Remember to eat simple, juicy fruits and greens and keep picking wild edibles for all those wonderful minerals and vitamins. Also try rose hips (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_hips) which are loaded with vitamin C. Other berries like the red ones from hawthorn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus) and the blue blackthorn berries (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackthorn) are wonderful as well – the blackthorn berries only after freezing. They are all edible raw, of course. The best “sweets” you can give your children :) and keep them healthy on top of it. Remember to take them outside picking, too! Fresh air is very important – even in winter time!

Enjoy this time of year – go out and have fun!! :)

What can you find during winter time?

February 25, 2009 at 4:32 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Tiger nut – great if you are allergic to nuts!

June 4, 2008 at 10:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Cyperus esculentus (Chufa Sedge, Yellow Nutsedge, Tigernut Sedge, Earthalmond) is a species of sedge native to warm temperate to subtropical regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It is an annual or perennial plant, growing to 90 cm tall, with solitary stems growing from a tuber. The stems are triangular in section, and bear slender leaves 3-10 mm wide. The flowers of the plant are distinctive, with a cluster of flat oval seeds surrounded by four hanging leaf-like bracts positioned 90 degrees from each other. The plant foliage is very tough and fibrous, and is often mistaken for a grass.

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History

Zohary and Hopf consider this tuber “ranks among the oldest cultivated plants in Ancient Egypt.” Although noting that “Chufa was no doubt an important food element in ancient Egypt during dynastic times, its cultivation in ancient times seems to have remained (totally or almost totally) an Egyptian specialty.” They were used to make cakes in ancient Egypt. Presently, they are cultivated mainly, at least for extended and common commercial purposes, in Spain, where they were introduced by Arabs, almost exclusively in the Valencia region. Tiger nuts are also grown in Ghana.

 Use as food

The tubers are edible, with a slightly sweet, nutty flavour. They are quite hard and are generally soaked in water before they can be eaten. They are sometimes known by their Spanish name, “chufa”.

Tigernuts have excellent nutritional qualities with a fat composition similar to olives and a rich mineral content, especially phosphorus and potassium. Tigernuts are also gluten- and cholesterol-free, and have a very low sodium content. The oil of the tuber was found to contain 18% saturated (palmitic acid and stearic acid) and 82% unsaturated (oleic acid and linoleic acid) fatty acids.

According to the Consejo Regulador de Chufa de Valencia (Regulating Council for Valencia’s Tigernuts), the nutritional composition/100 ml of a classical Horchata de Chufas, or Orxata de Xufes in Valencian language, is as follows: energy content around 66 kcal, proteins around 0.5 g, carbohydrates over 10 g with starch at least 1.9 g, fats at least 2 g.

It can replace milk in the diet of people intolerant to lactose. Also good for people with nut allergies! It is a seed.

Buy in ground up and use it for your smoothies, cakes, etc. So yummy!!

 

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