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Wild Foraged Foods
If you have never had a salad made with Chickweed, or bits of purslane decorating your bed of greens, or a lovely potato soup that is flavored with Ramps or Wild Onions, then you are missing out! There are many other wild edibles also which are worth the time to harvest and use.
Some wild edibles are pretty marginal. I mean, henbit is edible, but not something I'd go out of my way for. Plaintain is about like spinach. Clover blossoms aren't worth the bother, they lack distinctive appeal. There are a few things worth going out of your way for though, and they can also generally be cultivated intentionally, either by naturalization into a suitable habitat, or by adding them to your gardens or landscaping each year.
The wonderful thing about wild edibles is that they have not been genetically altered, hybridized, or messed with in ways that cultivated crops have been. For many people, they will be more easily digestible, and a good source of seasonal nutrients.
Since wild edibles are very seasonal, you gain the benefits of returning a little more to the healthy seasonal changes that the human body responds well to. We need more vegetables and fruits in the summer, and more fats and meats in the winter. Our bodies simply function best that way!
Once you learn to enjoy wild edibles, you may notice that the weeds in your garden are less provoking, because many of these foods grow as weeds, and when you eat them, they are not an annoyance anymore, but a delightful gift of nature!
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