Which Wild Plants Are Edible?

We bet you enjoy hearing positive news stories about inspiring people, sharing their wisdom to help us all live sustainably? Here is one of these people, Wellingtonian Johanna Knox . Having heard an interview with Johanna on National radio, I knew I had to tell you about her.

So many people have asked us to compile a photographic list of wild edible plants. Well we never have, but wow! Johanna has done it. This energised kiwi woman has several informative blogs documenting her research about, and personal experience of, living off the land, living cheaply, and living well. While some of the edible ‘weeds’ are New Zealand natives, there are many plants that you will find internationally.

Johanna is, in her own words, “throwing herself into foraging. I am also enthusiastic about sustainable, ethical food production and consumption in general”. Here are the links to her blogs:

First of all click to ‘Wild Picnic’ – a gallery of edible and useful wild plants

Also look at ‘Star-cooked’ - for information about solar cooking, foraging, fermentation , and more

Then there is Wild Concoctions - a recipe journal of gorgeous looking unique and do-able recipes using readily available wild plants

Another helpful link on Johanna’s blog is a link to a list of poisonous plants to learn about and avoid .

I entreat you to learn about foraging; for your health, wallet and growth of your ecological wisdom. Get out there and start picking!

Best warm wishes from another enthusiastic weed forager and eater


PS Sue Flurry in Virgina had this to say about her favourite weed:

Hi Anna,
Here in South Mississippi, and throughout the southern US, we have Poke.  My mother's husband first told me about it and how you have to be sure and boil it 3 times before eating it.  I looked it up on the www and found a lot of interesting things about it.  It does grow wild here and I now gather the tender leaves every spring, boil it in 3 changes of water, and use it like spinach.  I freeze any extra to use later.  I also mix it with other garden greens as it is very tender, especially after boiling in 3 changes of water.  The berries are said to be highly poisonous.  It is really only good in early Spring before the berries come.

Thank you for all your great healthy ideas.
Sue Flurry 

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