There is a great fear of starvation in this land. Key words like “food security” fuel large companies like Monsanto. Fear creates profit. Few people want to grow their own food or know how. We leave it to a few farmers to feed the country. Large swaths of land cleared to mono-crop, super bugs from pesticides, exposed top soil and dead organisms lay beneath the surface of the crisp layer.
I love Permaculture because it mimics nature. How things naturally grow. It mimics a forest floor of lush and vibrant biodiversity and beneficial organisms working to create delicious, nutritious food with little work, as in nature. My next garden will certainly be a Permaculture designed one.
However I am intrigued by wild foods. We worry about going hungry but then watch as pesticides are sprayed on weeds. Weeds by another name are food. Purslane has the highest level of Omegas in the world. Brain food. Tastes like orange, delicious on salad. Wild foods have ten times more nutrition than cultivated. That means one doesn’t need as much of it to be satisfied. Nourishment.
I am familiar with lamb’s quarters, dandelion, chokecherries, rose hips, purslane, wild onion, wild berries, and medicinal herbs used in food, but I want to know more about foraging. Which mushrooms can I eat? Which plants were traditionally used as food? Food security at its peak. The reason weeds are so persistent is because they are meant to be there! They are our food and medicine. I hope to become more adept in this field and I will write about it along the way.
Right now I am reading Native Harvests; American Indian Wild Foods and Recipes by E. Barrie Kavasch. It is a beautiful book of every herb, nut, seed, fruit, and vegetable one can think of along with delicious recipes.
What are your thoughts on wild foods and what is your favorite?