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Free Food in Your Yard: Edible Weeds!

Free Food in Your Yard: Edible Weeds!
Popular in Food & Drink Next time you're about to yank an offending plant from your immaculate garden of perennials, think twice: you just might be looking at dinner. Free dinner. Oh, I know what you're thinking: damn hippies! Always eating anything and everything that grows under the sun. Well, my friend, I may be a bit of a hippie, but that doesn't mean that you too can't partake in the pleasures of foraged food. I love the idea of going out in the wild to find food. Japanese Knotweed This stuff grows like a forest in the lot next to my house, and occasionally pops up in my yard. Knotweed is a crazy plant. The neighbor who told me the name of the weed also told us that it was edible, but that only the shoots were really worth eating. It turns out that this isn't true — I mean, I'm sure it's invasiveness is awful, but you can eat it when it gets big. I did manage to get a few shoots that were young, growing around my rhododendron. And it's good for you! It's also very high in vitamin C!

Edible Weeds About Us | Sitemap | Resources All information, blogs and web content contained in this website is Copyright © 2011. All photography, unless otherwise stated was taken by Karen Stephenson. All photographs are Copyright © 2011. Design by Free CSS Templates. About Us | Sitemap All information, blogs and web content contained in this website is Copyright © 2011. Edible Weeds List | Julia's Edible Weeds Weeds are often thought of as undesirable, but some of them happen to be superfoods, packed with nutrients we all need. It is VERY IMPORTANT however, that you identify weeds carefully before eating them. The golden rules for enjoying wild edibles responsibly are: If you donʼt know what it is donʼt eat it. Learn to identify plants that are edible and get to know those that are poisonous. The best way is learning from a local expert. These are some of the most common edible weeds found in New Zealand and many other countries: Click on the links for detailed information. Click on any image below to view larger size.

Hakula: Learn the Natural State of 'Fearlessness' The Natural Fear-Free State of Calm… Hakula, is the natural state of optimal human performance. It is the opposite of the tunnel-vision-fear state many have experienced, because it creates a feeling of calm, and enables the greatest perspective and flexibility of behavior and response. It is so powerful it is one of the key tools we teach our one-on-one clients in our VIP program. How to Practice HakulaPick a spot on the wall, somewhere higher than eye level, around the center of your field of vision. (This state of focus-with-peripheral-awareness was named ‘Hakula’ by the ancient people of Hawaii). When to use Hakula Hakula is perfect for the kinds of situations in which you used to experience fear because it shifts the mind into a state where it is ‘contextually all-aware’. Typically with our clients, we find that if clients think about a problem, then shift into Hakula, the problem immediately seems trivial.

Delicious Stinging Nettles Of Spring | Terra Brockman Walking near the stream that separates the two 10-acre bottom-land fields of my brother Henry’s vegetable farm, I noticed a bed of dark green nettles about a foot tall — the perfect size for picking. And although the soft green leaves of the overwintered spinach beckoned just a few steps away, I turned away from the spinach and toward the stream bank and the stinging nettles (Urtica dioica), heeding the irresistible call of the wild. The first wild greens of spring have been highly valued by people around the world who knew they were good food and good medicine too. American Indians gathered nettles to boil and enjoy first thing in the spring when other food plants (including the “three sisters of life”: corn, beans and squash) were still weeks away from being planted, and months away from being harvested. In parts of Nepal and India, stinging nettles (shishnu) are gathered and cooked with Indian spices each spring. Take the sting out Foraged nettles, plain and simple Find a nettle patch.

Boiling Eggs 20 Ingredients To Memorize and Avoid In ANY Food You Consume | EU (Before It's News) by Marco Torres Copyright © Marco Torres, , 2013 published on 03 Mar 2013 re-published here under their terms of “Fair Use” Artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, emulsifiers, sweeteners have saturated the food supply for more than four decades. 1. Artificial flavorings are derived from chemicals made in a laboratory and offer absolutely no nutritional value and are a magnet for processed foods. 2. 3. Fractionating oil is a process most often used on palm and palm kernel oil that involves heating the oil, then cooling it quickly so that it breaks up into fractions (hence the name). Hydrogenated oils are oils that are often healthy in their natural state, but are quickly turned into poisons through the manufacturing and processing they undergo. 4. MSG is not a nutrient, vitamin, or mineral and has no health benefits. The single largest source of calories for Americans comes from sugar. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Wild Edibles: Sumac Shoots Disclaimer: Eating certain wild plants can be deadly!! Be certain to consult a professional (or a really good field guide) in order to positively identify this plant before trying this for yourself. The owners of this site will not be held responsible for any lapses in judgment or stupidity when handling or consuming wild plants. In one of my earlier articles on wild edibles I wrote about how to make sumac lemonade from the Staghorn (or Smooth) Sumac. In this post I want to share another food source from this wonderful plant – the peeled shoots. How to Identify Staghorn or Smooth Sumac The first step before eating any wild edible is to positively identify it. Compound Toothed Leaves: Both species have pinnately compound leaves with serrated edges. Just to see the contrast, here’s a picture of poison sumac fruit cluster and leaves (notice they are smooth and not serrated). How to Eat Sumac Shoots (highly recommended btw).

Planting Tips How to Forecast Weather | Ever wondered how to forecast the weather without actually using instruments? Check the Clouds: Clouds can tell us a lot about the weather. Check the Humidity: If you’re one of those people whose hair gets all curly when it gets really humid out, you know exactly what this is about. Check the Animals: Birds only fly in the sky when they expect fair weather ahead. Look at the Rainbow (but only in the west) and look for a Red Sky: If you see one in the west, it means a major storm front is coming. Check the Air: If it smells like a compost heap, expect some rain soon. Check the Moon: Seen any red moons lately? Check the Wind: If you can tell which way the wind is blowing, you can tell if there is a storm approaching. A Few More Ideas: Make a campfire – If the smoke goes straight up, clear skies ahead. Check the grass – if it’s wet and dewy, that means it probably won’t rain.