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The Hidden Food in Your Yard - Eat the weeds!
04-09-2012, 12:42 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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A major part of achieving optimal health is living in partnership with nature.

Growing your own food is a great way to rekindle this connection with nature.

But have you thought about eating plants that grow wild—perhaps in your own backyard?

Some "weeds" can be delicious if prepared properly, and they are absolutely free.

In an article published earlier this summer, Live Science collected some easy-to-identify healthful weeds, including:

Dandelion: The entire plant is edible, and the leaves contain vitamins A, C and K, along with calcium, iron, manganese, and potassium.

Purslane: Purslane tops the list of plants with omega-3 fats.

Lamb's-quarters: Lamb's-quarters are like spinach, except healthier, tastier and easier to grow.

Plantain: Not the better-known banana-like plant with the same name. It has a nutritional profile similar to dandelion.

Stinging Nettles: If you handle them so that you don't get a painful rash from the tiny, acid-filled needles, these are delicious and nutritious cooked or prepared as a tea.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articl..._SNL_Art_1





04-09-2012, 12:47 PM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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Epilobium angustifolium, commonly known as Fireweed (mainly in North America), Great Willow-herb (Canada),[1] or Rosebay Willowherb (mainly in Britain), is a perennial herbaceous plant in the willowherb family Onagraceae. It is native throughout the temperate Northern Hemisphere, including large parts of the boreal forests.

The young shoots were often collected in the spring by Native American people and mixed with other greens. They are best when young and tender; as the plant matures the leaves become tough and somewhat bitter. The southeast Native Americans use the stems in the stage. They are peeled and eaten raw. When properly prepared soon after picking they are a good source of vitamin C and pro-vitamin A. The Dena'ina add fireweed to their dogs' food. Fireweed is also a medicine of the Upper Inlet Dena'ina, who treat pus-filled boils or cuts by placing a piece of the raw stem on the afflicted area. This is said to draw the pus out of the cut or boil and prevents a cut with pus in it from healing over too quickly.

The root can be roasted after scraping off the outside, but often tastes bitter. To mitigate this, the root is collected before the plant flowers and the brown thread in the middle removed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epilobium_angustifolium

And they grow everywhere!

İmage
04-09-2012, 01:33 PM #3
The Barking Dead Member
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hmm.gif Good WSHTF info. Probably things the POO do not want you to know. Didn't know fireweed was so common all over, I'll have to give it a try. I've tried fried dandelions before, they are pretty good. People are finding a lot of morels this spring.
04-09-2012, 02:01 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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It's still way to go until morel season here time.gif

Meanwhile, if you have pines in your neighborhood, make some pine bark extract!

Been used since ancient times in Finland and is still being manufactured in fact and ground pine bark can also be used in bread etc. It's a strong antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties as well.

Quote:An extract of pine bark has proven to be one of the most potent antioxidants, a property that may explain why pine bark has been used in folk medicine around the world, according to a new report by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley.

Antioxidants are chemicals that deactivate free radicals -- highly destructive chemicals that damage cells and contribute to many diseases, ranging from stroke and heart attacks to degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. Free radicals even contribute to aging.

In the past year and a half, Packer and his colleagues have documented a number of strong antioxidant effects of Pycnogenol that place it among the most potent antioxidants, ranking with vitamins E and C, and lipoic acid.

http://berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/...5_98a.html

So much FREE MEDICINE! woohoo.gif
04-09-2012, 02:16 PM #5
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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We've actually eaten the fireweed, and it tastes like asparagus. We had it with mushrooms and a little butter, and was quite good. We've also sampled the local kale. Meh, not real happy about that stuff, pretty chewy, but would make great SHTF food.
We're at least a solid month before any morels are going to be up around here, but looking forward to it. yay.gif
Bottom line: If you know what you can eat out the wild, you are not going to starve regardless of what the POO pulls.

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04-09-2012, 02:21 PM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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Don't forget to nibble on spruce and pine sprouts if you wander around in the woods in springtime. My Grandma taught me this. Sprouts are very rich in vitamin C and minerals and they taste wonderful before they get too big and woody.

İmage


Young birch leaves (before solstice) can also be used as is in a salad or used as spinach in any food. Birch leaves have diuretic properties so you may not want to drink it as tea right before bedtime chuckle.gif Good for the kidneys though.

1 tsp birch leaves for 2 dl of hot water. Soak for 10 minutes. Drink!
04-11-2012, 03:54 AM #7
yankees skier
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Biere.
04-11-2012, 09:17 AM #8
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Something you might wan to plant in your flower beds...

The cells of the stamen hairs of some Tradescantia are colored blue, but when exposed to sources of ionizing radiation such as gamma rays, the cells mutate and change color to pink; they are one of the few tissues known to serve as an effective bioassay for ambient radiation levels

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tradescanti..._radiation

It detects radiation

İmage
04-11-2012, 10:57 AM #9
Octo Mother Superior
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Wow Shadow! That's pretty amazing! Good find! hug.gif
04-11-2012, 03:37 PM #10
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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hug.gif hi5.gif yeah pretty cool!
04-11-2012, 04:00 PM #11
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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hug.gif Cool Shadow! Geiger-flowers.

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04-11-2012, 04:09 PM #12
Kreeper Griobhtha
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Don't eat the weed, man. Smoke it!


İmage

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04-11-2012, 04:11 PM #13
Kreeper Griobhtha
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We have some of those uncultivated food sources around here. We are inundated with dandelions. I was thinking about trying to make a dandelion wine this year. The problem is I don't care much for wine.

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They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to poor
04-11-2012, 04:30 PM #14
Octo Mother Superior
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Well you can always make it anyway and then trade it for your weeds of choice beercheer.gif
04-11-2012, 04:52 PM #15
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Other than beer, screw it. I don't care much for wine, of hard stuff myself.

It does get better with about 4 glasses or shots though.

8 and it's the best stuff you ever had. chuckle.gif

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