Friday, April 29, 2011

Wild Edible Breakthrough

Holy Edibles, Batman! There are suddenly a LOT of things to eat outside. For the past week, we have been eating meals infused with something wild at least twice a day (in large part due to a wild leek quiche we've been having for breakfast).

And it seems we have entered a new phase in our foraging lives--one we have aspired to. Wild vegetables are starting to replace the supermarket and farm stand vegetables that have always been featured in our diets. Last week, in the grocery store, I didn't buy any vegetables because I knew I already had wild edibles waiting to be eaten in the fridge and that new edibles were popping up all over the yard.

This is very exciting for our family. Spring was when we devoted the largest part of our foraging efforts last year, and so we are best versed in the spring plant foods. As the warm season progresses, it will be interesting to see if our new trend continues (as we hope it does). But for now, here's to cheaper grocery bills, more time outside, new culinary creations, and better nutrition!


  1. What are all of those? At first glance I thought, fiddleheads and asparagus and some others I can't tell... but upon magnifying the picture it doesn't even look like I was right on the asparagus.

  2. Fiddleheads in the foreground. Then, clockwise from there: wintergreen berries and trailing arbutus flowers, Japanese knotweed, garlic mustard stalks, more Japanese knotweed, stinging nettles, evening primrose roots, and orpine and mayflowe greens(grouped together. We collected all but the primrose today.

  3. You have wintergreen berries around? OMG SO LUCKY!!! lol

    I only get to eat those when I'm camping or hiking. I also thought they were more a fall thing, sweeter after first frost, not something that survived all winter.

    Thanks for the list :)