Foraging For Food In Nature; A Home Picked Salad and Tea
Categories: Tips & Tricks
Chickweed is a great base for salads! The taste is very mild, while still very flavorful. The whole plant is edible.
These strawberries are delicious! There is absolutely no comparison with store-bought strawberries. The leaves can also be used in a salad, cooked as spinach or used to make tea.
Again, such a beautiful flavor with no comparison to the store-bought variant.
|Rosebay willowherb / Fireweed / Chamerion angustifolium|
These flowers can also be used to decorate your salad. The stems can be peeled and eaten raw or be cooked like asparagus. In our salad, we only used the flowers.
The complete salad looked like this:
|Foraged salad with a tiny dash of (rescued) cold-pressed olive oil|
No pesticides, no chemicals; an all-natural salad. And it tasted so crunchy, healthy, sweet and flavorful. The flavors are very pure, whole and full. I totally recommend eating what nature provides. It probably offers more vitamins and minerals too!
Some guidelines from my mom:
1. Only pick what you'll use
2. Avoid foraging from busy roads and other possibly contaminated places
3. Try not to damage the plant: bring a knife or pair of scissors to avoid this
4. Don't pick a plant if it seems to be the only one left: choose the ones that grow abundantly.
We also found some camomile for tea:
We rinsed the plant and then let it sit upside-down in a big jug of hot water for about 8 minutes. Very tasty and healthy!
Let me know in the comments below which edible plants grow abundantly where you live! :)
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