Fermented 'Wild' Pesto Recipe

Fermented 'Wild' Pesto Recipe

Spring greens are starting to emerge out of the ground and it's the perfect time to pick them while their flavours are still tender and fresh. Foraging is one of my favourite ways to incorporate 'wild foods' into my daily life. Eating the 'weeds' is a wonderful way to connect to the natural world and to increase nutrition with wild foods being much higher in nutrients than their tamed, conventional counterparts. One of the first wild foods I collect is garlic mustard. In today's recipe, I've fermented it along with parsley and basil to make a Fermented Wild Pesto that will preserve the nutrients and flavour for several months. 

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Foraging Fridays in July — Part 4

Foraging Fridays in July — Part 4

From drying herbs for teas to infusing oils, there are a lot of different ways to preserve the plants that we pick for nutrition or medicine. An easy way to preserve a herb is to dry it.  I dry things to use as teas, to infuse in oil, to add to dusting powders, to make scented sachets and for herbal smoke mixes.  There are so many plants that grow all around us that make delicious and therapeutic teas.

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Foraging Fridays in July — Part 3

Foraging Fridays in July — Part 3

Look-a-likes are plants that have similar features to one another.  They're important to be aware of because sometimes the plant that we're looking for might have a poisonous or toxic impostor.  Or the look-a-like might just taste or smell really bad.  Like have you ever found yourself knee-deep in skunk cabbage?  Not fun.

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Foraging Fridays in July — Part 2

Foraging Fridays in July — Part 2

Welcome Friday Foragers!  Did you get into your backyard or back alley to explore?  Did you find anything you recognized?  This week, we'll explore some common plants and trees and how we can ID and use them for their nutrition and their medicine.Last week on the blog, I covered the Ground Rules of Foraging.  If you missed it, please take a read and make sure you are being a Responsible Forager!

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Foraging Fridays in July

Foraging Fridays in July

Foraging is one of my favourite things.  Foraging combines my passions for nutrition and the environment.  When we forage, our curiosity for our surroundings- the plants and the ecosystems they are growing in- tends to increase.  As we begin to learn about the nutritive value and the healing potential of these plants, our respect for using foods and plants medicinally also grows.  How can we not protect a forest or a meadow after we learn about all the healers and teachers that live there?

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