Wild edible plants are raw super food! They have incredible energizing and healing powers and they are absolutely FREE!!! This is the best cost saving and personal energizer tip for raw foodists! Below you can find an overview of the most popular and available wild edibles.
So what plants can you eat? The wild edible plants below are all great in salads and juices and you can find them anywhere. Most people know these plants already and they are very easy to recognize and find.
And if you don't know them? The internet will help you tremendously. Wikipedia is my favorite internet resource. It shows great pictures and describes how the wild plants look and where to find them. If you'd rather like someone to teach you in person, I suggest going to the scouts. I find them very knowledgeable on this subject and a great resource.
Wild plants are free, delicious and nutritious. And it's lots of fun to look for them (much more fun than going to the super market). Bring your kids along, they love it! What a great way to get you a raw food meal!
These berries are rich in vitamin A, C, and K. In minerals calcium, iron, potassium, and silicon. They are good for fever, diarrhea, dysentery, liver, kidneys, and much more.
Watch this great video and learn where and how to find them.
Dandelion leafs are great in salads and juices. You can also eat the unopened buds raw (great in salads) Raw leafs have a slightly bitter taste. The leafs are high in vitamin A, vitamin C and iron, carrying more iron and calcium than spinach.
You can eat the leafs of this well known weed. The seeds are high in protein, vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium (related to Quinoa).
This is my favorite wild edible plant. In the Netherlands this is a notorious weed. You can find it everywhere. The plant is so strong! It survives both the hot sun and temperatures of -20.
Nettle juice tastes surprisingly good and did you know that the plant has even more minerals than wheat grass?
You can eat the very young leafs in your salad, but the older ones sting so you may not like to eat them raw. When you juice them, the stinging disappears. The fresh or dried leafs of nettle can be used to make a tea (don't heat the water above 70 C or 179 F).
If you do get stung, rub the leafs of a plantain against the sore spot to relief the pain.
This is a wild edible plant everyone knows. The clover leafs are delicious in salads or juices. Clovers are a valuable survival food, as they are high in protein, widespread, and abundant. They are not easy to digest raw, but this can be easily fixed by juicing them. Dried flower heads and seed pods can also be ground up into a nutritious flour and mixed with other foods. Dried flower heads can also be steeped in hot water for a healthy, tasty tea.
The leafs, flowers and fruit are edible as food for humans, and are best when young. They have a mild flavor of both garlic and mustard, and are used in salads and pesto.
You really can eat daisies! In the Netherlands, they grow everywhere. I never knew they where edible, let alone good for you. I learned all the great facts about this easy to find flower on a super fun and educational wild nature hike lead by Sergei Boutenko:
The leafs of this strong and common weed are edible and used in herbal medicine, but can be somewhat tough. The taste is that of very bitter salad greens with a lingering aftertaste like spinach. Young leafs are recommended as they are more tender. The leafs when dried make a good tea.
Other plantains are considered wild edible plants too but they don't have as much nutritional value as the greater plantain.
Did you know that all wild grasses are edible and that there are more than 400 different kind of grasses? Grasses are super healthy and you can find this super food for free. Wheatgrass, for example, contains most of the vitamins and minerals needed for human health. It's a whole meal and complete protein with about 30 enzymes. It has up to 70% chlorophyll (which builds the blood). It's an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. Wheatgrass cleanses the body (natural raw detoxer) and it eliminates body and breath odors. The natural value of wheatgrass juice is so high that many people don't feel the "cravings" that lead to overeating. It's great for the skin and first and second decree burns.
Would you like to learn more about wild edible plants? Raw foodist and wild plant expert Sergei Boutenko (starring in the videos above) is a great source of information. You can visit his website for more information: harmonyhikes.com
When you're not entirely sure the plant you find is edible, don't eat it!
When you're using medication, consult with your GP or pharmacist. Some elements of these plants could interfere with your medication!
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