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!

http://bit.ly/AvG5jS

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.

http://bit.ly/AvG5jS

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!

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

Some impressions from our walk in Dallas!

May 8, 2008 at 3:09 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Here are some updates about the latest walk! It were two wonderful groups of about 40 people of all ages that came together to learn more about wild edibles! We’ve had lots of fun and learned at the same time :). But read for yourself what some said:

“Angelina 11yr old- I thought it was a wonderful experience. I loved learning a bunch of new foods to eat in the wild! My favorite food was the thorny thistle. I learned to peel the thorns off and they poked me a lot. But after all the poking it tasted wonderful. Iwould love to come back again! Keep sharing your knowledge! ” 

 “I thoroughly enjoyed spending time immersed in nature learning about all the good stuff to eat we are continuously provided with! I am grateful Sonja was available and happy to share all her knowledge.”

“We enjoyed learning and eating wild edibles with everyone, Sonja is a true inspiration and gift to mother nature and our planet, thank you.” 

“I now feel confident that if ever I was stranded in a park in Plano I would survive! 😉 I learned lots of valuable information and ate some tasty wild food, another raw food success experience!”

     

For more pictures please go here!

Thank you all for coming! Keep eating wild greens!!! 🙂

Wild edible walk in Dallas!

April 12, 2008 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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 Learn to eat for FREE right from nature’s abundance!
Explore nutrient packed plants you can pick for free!
Experience a new level of energy and get fit!
Get out, enjoy & have fun!
Live in abundance without buying it!
Enjoy natural super foods that heal you!
Get motivation & support each other!
Join us on April 27, 2008
2 – 4 pm or 4 – 6 pm

(as we received such a great response
we offer the same class twice)

in Dallas (exact location will be announced shortly)
 
For only $10 you learn to identify wild edibles that are so full of nutrition.
Enjoy the fresh taste of super foods that grow for free & nourish you best! No need to buy greens!
 
Return home with many ideas to use those natural super foods – recipes included – and never look the same at ‘weeds’ anymore…be inspired to reach your goals!!
 
 
Sign up for the Wild Edibles Walk NOW
 
You will also be able to read a 
FREE Special Report on  
Wild Edible’s! 

 

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With love and happiness,

Sonja Watt
Raw Fun Family
Raw food classes, retreats & camps
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