Leafy greens full of potassium, vitamin A and calcium, juicy, crunchy stems loaded with essential fatty acids and iron, roots rich in magnesium, and berries with as much vitamin C as oranges… If you are picturing a garden or farmer’s market full of your favourite fruits and veg, think again!
Instead, picture stepping outside your door, into your backyard or nearest park and checking out the dandelions, purslane, burdock and sumac growing there, because these are the wild and weedy plants I’m talking about. Let’s take a little walk and see what else we can find.
Watch out for that plant over there, if you brush up against it…..oops, stung by stinging nettle! That’s ok, pluck the plantain leaf growing next to it, crush it up and rub it on the sting. Feel better? I thought so. But put on some gloves and harvest a bit of that nettle, and once it’s cooked or dried it loses it sting. It’s delicious to eat and drink and high in iron and protein! And that plantain leaf? It’s wonderful for all kinds of bites, stings and wounds. Drink the tea if you have a cough. It’ll help with tummy troubles too.
Ready to keep walking? There are so many more plants that I’d love to introduce you to and we have only taken just a few steps so far.
I offer plant walks and workshops all year long. On walks, we discuss plant identification, edible, medicinal and other traditional uses of common, bioregional plants, harvesting, processing and storage practices, the ethics of wildcrafting and more!
The workshops are your opportunity to get hands on experience working with the plants. From wild, roasted root coffees, to infused vinegars and herbal salves, you’ll learn how to take the plants from the field and into the pantry or apothecary. You can view all events here.
Have an idea for a workshop? Let me know and I’ll organise it!