I have been trying hard to do lots of foraging through July and I have been trying to include wild foods in my diet everyday.
Wild foods are incredibly nutrient-dense and also have delicious and unique flavours.
Including wild foods in my diet helps me increase the diversity of my diet too, which benefits the gut microbiome.
Plus, foraging for wild foods gives you nutritious, seasonal, organic and local food – which is expensive to buy – for free!
Here’s a photo of some wild plants I foraged recently. From top left you can see Ground Elder, below is unopened Common Hogweed flower buds (which I wrote about recently), Dandelion, Plantain, Mallow and Smooth Sow Thistle.
The Common Hogweed flower buds can be cooked like broccoli florets. Peel off the papery sheaths covering the buds, and then steam or boil for just a few minutes.
They are delicious served simply as a side vegetable with lots of butter, salt and pepper.
Ground Elder is in the same family as carrot, so I added this Ground Elder to a ‘couscous’ I made from carrots. This is super-easy to make, simply add a couple of carrots to a food processor along with the Ground Elder and blitz until you have a couscous-like consistency. I also added some fresh parsley, and then I dressed it with lemon, extra-virgin olive oil and salt and pepper.
For salad dressings I like to use a good quality, high-polyphenol extra virgin olive oil such as this one.
The Plantain leaves can be a bit tough to eat raw, so I chopped them up finely and fried them with mushrooms for breakfast.
The other greens like Dandelion, Mallow and Smooth Sow Thistle make perfect salad greens. Dandelion leaves contain prebiotic fibres which are food for beneficial gut microbes.
Do you enjoy foraging? Comment below what are your favourite ways to eat wild greens!
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