At long last, Spring has arrived and the first wild greens of the season have hit the farmers market. Here is a great way to use your nettles and wild onions. I always tell people, sincerely, that you just plain "feel better" after eating a nice, hearty bowl of nettle soup. In fact, nettles have more protein than ANY other vegetable. So here we go, this one is pretty simple.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Sunday, November 30, 2014
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Rosehips have long been used to treat symptoms of the common cold. It's high iron and Vitamin C content are tremendous boosts to the immune system. Rosehips have also been used as a natural remedy for a variety of other health problems.
- Rosehips have been widely acclaimed to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
- The Vitamin C in Rosehips has been proved to lessen respiratory issues and prevent asthma.
- Antioxidants in rosehips have been shown to reduce high cholesterol levels.
- Antioxidants in rosehips help to prevent cancer.
- Rosehips can be used to treat diabetes and regulate blood sugar levels.
- Rosehips are a natural diuretic.
- Rosehip oil can be used to treat scars, acne, and burns.
- The Vitamin C in rosehips helps collagen production which is an import element in the structure of bones and body.
- Iron in rosehips produces red blood cells which oxygenates the body that is lost during menstruation
- Rosehips can be used to treat stomach disorders and prevents stomach irritation and ulcers.
Friday, September 19, 2014
I came across this website which has excellent ideas for cooking with matsutake mushrooms: matsutake chowder, roasted matsutakes, and matsutake tempura with ponzu sauce.
A couple more traditional Japanese dishes that you will enjoy.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Here is a great piece from the New York Times regarding urban foraging and "trespassing" on vacant lots to harvest tree fruit, berries, and wild edibles. It is my hope and dream that we can use our food resources for the collective good of society and not let them rot and go to waste. I pray that law enforcement and other positions of authority will see it the same way.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Cooler temperatures are on the way and soon we will be entering the cold and flu season, As sad as this reality may be, there are a couple of wild plants that have been shown to fight flu and cold-like symptoms. The first of these is the elderberry. Elderberries contain large amounts of Vitamin A, B, antioxidants, and have more Vitamin C than oranges. WebMD reports:
Elderberry trees and bushes can be found growing wild along country roadsides, forest edges, and abandoned fields. Elderberries are easy to identify and usually fairly easy to harvest a lot of fruit.
"Studies have found that elderberry eases flu symptoms like fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, cough, and body ache. The benefits seem to be greatest when started within 24 to 48 hours after the symptoms begin. One study found that elderberry could cut the duration of flu symptoms by more than 50%."
|Elderberry produces large, beautiful blossoms that also have many uses, including tea, wine, champagne, and can be used in cooking.|
|Elderberries do not ripen all at once. Here is an example of blossoms next-to green elderberries next-to almost ripe greyish-purple berries.|
|Fully ripe, ready to harvest elderberries. Here's a tip: Wait to harvest until after the first frost. This will bring out the natural sugars in the berry and result in an even better tasting final product.|