Eat Weeds your Guide to
Wild Foraging for Food
Weeds is Gypsy's next
looks at free food we should be harvesting rather than spraying; lambs
quarters, plantain, wild amaranth and German dock.
I have noticed a huge trend in people buying more stuff to be more
self-sufficient. Most of the trends relate to marketing and not to
fact. If one well known “homesteader” or well publicized “survivalist”
says you should own something or do something, well everyone takes that
as the gospel.
Think about this for a moment, who pays for that
well-known person’s publicity? It's marketing, not fact. If your
grandma raised 12 kids on it, it's fact. Fact is, grandma did not have
solar power, she did not have a generator either, she had common sense
and whether she knew it or not, a basic knowledge of chemistry.
We have talked a bit about my kitchen before. More to the point, the
jars on my kitchen counter that hold things I use a lot. For most
people it's coffee, tea, sugar and flour. For me, it's sumac, hen of
the woods mushrooms (dried of course) and whatever else I feel
important at the time.
At the time of this writing there are a variety
of dried vegetables in one jar, some dried plantain and lambs quarters
in another, the sumac and mushrooms will never change. The kitchen is
where the home meets survival. This is where families discuss the day,
and where nutrition and healing begin. The kitchen is the hub of the
There are some very
that if done this time of the year
can better your health and your eating habits. Eat weeds! Go foraging
for food and pick lambsquarters.
thistle, will never be eradicated. This is a plant known to solve any
malnutritional issues. It has vitamins, minerals, even vitamin C. I dry
this plant and chop into small pieces, then store in bags or jars. When
I make homemade noodles I put some in the noodles.
that whatever weed you have chosen to eat has been correctly identified
by a local expert.
Written by Gypsy,
our resident homestead blogger
From our side:
Chicken and dumplings are filling, but nutritious they are not. Add lambsquarters to the
now you have a nutritious meal. Eating
isn’t about food, it's about filling the body so it can survive. Some
people eat to live, others live to eat. Only you know which one you
are. You can take these dried greens, including plantain, and reheat
and serve as
you would any green. You can add them to casseroles, etc.
There is no dish I can think of I can’t add them to. In the winter
time, they are a staple food for those wanting to be healthy, and
self-sufficient. Mixing plantain
is just a
Another much over-looked plant is wild
amaranth. The whole plant is good for you and can be used
salads, cooking etc. The seeds are a cereal not to be underestimated.
The tops of German Dock
great stir fry.
I urge you to take a look at what weeds you don’t like, and look them
up, see if you can eat them before you spray them. My
to you is fine 3 new plants a week until the frost comes that you can
use. I bet you find more then 3. Eat weeds! It's fun, and it's healthy.
... it's free!
There are other weeds
that one can eat, pigweed
and shepherd's purse
Any of these weeds can be on your list when foraging for food.
Just make sure that you have identified your weeds before you eat them,
and make sure that they haven't been sprayed before you eat them! Never
eat weeds growing along side a busy road, because of the toxins from
cars and other vehicles.
don't let young children see you foraging as you never know if they may
do the same thing and end up eating poisonous berries, fungi or plants.
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need some help on the farm to pick those crops, or whatever, see our
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. Or, if you want to advertise
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