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Cooking With Wild Plants

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The fiddlehead, is a delicacy that appears in the early spring (April and May) in places like the coasts of Canada and the US and all over England. We do not see them much here in Edmonton. Simply eat them the way you would asparagus in salads, steamed or in soups.

Fiddleheads contain protein, vitamin A, vitamin C and minerals including iron.

Grows almost everywhere! It is very easy to pull up as it grows in clumps of bright green with tiny white flowers. I simply add them to my salads and occasionally to soups, steamed vegetables and stews.

Chickweed contains beta-carotene, B vitamins, vitamin C, bio-flavonoids, GLA/gamma-linoleic acid and lots of minerals.

Lamb’s quarters (also known as pigweed):
They are very profuse in all gardens. The young leaves are great in salads as they taste like spinach. When they are more mature, the leaves are better steamed, in soups or in smoothies.

Lamb’s quarters have a number of vitamin B’s, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, and minerals including iron.

Which wild plant foods are your favorite?

Recipes with Wild Plants:

Saskatoon Crumble made with my favorite wild berry from northern Canada; Saskatoons.

Diana’s Green Smoothie With a Difference:  This video shows the best way to make a green smoothie. You can easily add dandelion greens and lamb’s quarters.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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11:00PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

~I wasn't aware of all the plants that could be eaten~I'm not quit sure if 'd like to!~

8:08PM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

I would love to try these weeds but don't know how to identify would have been nice!

11:33AM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

I'd love to try some of these but not sure I'd recognize them. I need pictures.

9:22AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

Great, thanks

1:38AM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

Great article! I love to add wild greens to my smoothies, and I often eat wild fruit such as blackberries; they grow everywhere in Australia.

If anyone is interested, there is a recently created group on Facebook called Wild Green Smoothies. The group is a place for people to share knowledge about wild plants, including wild greens, wild fruit and other wild edibles. It’s also a place to share healthy raw recipes using wild ingredients, especially (but not limited to) green smoothie recipes.

Whether or not you consume green smoothies, the Wild Green Smoothies group is a great place to share knowledge and healthy raw recipes as well as to connect with like-minded people.


1:33AM PDT on Aug 28, 2011


1:02AM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

thank you for the article

5:52PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

Excellent, with comments from Rosemary Western! Eating wild is great as long as we are careful to do it sustainably!

11:26AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

You forgot Purslane. It grows rapidly and can be considered a weed, and yet I've seen them very often at farmer's markets. Here's more info:

1:35AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

must look them up and go hunting..

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