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Eating can be an adventure - go forage in the wild.

 
Make eating be more of an adventure. Learn how to include at least a few wild plants in your diet. It's an adventure going out into the 'wild', finding food, and bringing it home to prepare and enjoy.

For the vast majority of people, the endeavor is not economical. But it's emotionally gratifying - when you succeed at finding food that you can eat and enjoy. On any random day, the odds are way against you. There's good food out there but much of it is available only for a few days a year when a fruit or berry ripens and a few days later is gone. For wild fruits and berries I suppose you pretty much have to live near where they grow. Some wild foods are longer lasting. Burdock root is good for most of the growing season. Curly dock is at its prime for a month or so. Dandelion greens are usable most of the summer, likewise for chicory greens.

Other than wild game and fruit, most often you are not going to make an enjoyable dish that is more wild food than cultured food. Wild greens and other wild food is foreign to modern people's taste. To make it taste good, generally, use a small amount, boiling it in water and discard the water, mix it with food that is milder tasting, maybe use a blender to pulverize the toughness out of it, add sugar, something with oil in it such as nuts or canola oil, add salt, maybe something starchy such as grain flour, and maybe something tangy such as apple. Many wild foods recipes rely heavily on adding cheese, milk, butter, and eggs. That helps a lot, but since, for now, I mostly avoid animal products, my recipes usually do not include those ingredients.

First you got to know what plants in your 'stomping grounds' are edible. Get someone to show you what's what, if possible. The next best thing is a field guide book with large color photograph. There are a few plants that are toxic enough to justify being called poisonous. And from my experience most plants are toxic to some degree. In some cases it is a matter of knowing how to prepare them, in some cases that's very important. But some wild foods are no more toxic than what you find in the produce section of the local grocery store. And in some cases the foods are the same species. There are wild apples, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, pecans, walnuts, elderberries, blueberries, and a few other fruits that grow wild and are very similar to what you can purchase in a market. Some recipes here use those ingreidients, some use plants you will not find at any market.

So anyway, below are a few recipes. Near the bottom of the page is a PayPal emblem. Click on the emblem and you can purchase about 50 more similar recipes for wild foods. Even if you can't go foraging in the 'wilds' you can prepare many of the recipes using what you bring home from the nearest large grocery store or perhaps order from an online source. Dried foods such as chestnut, walnut, elderberry, dandelion, pecan, can be easily shipped. And, of coarse, foods like blackberries from the local store are occassionally a passable substitute for the wild ones that are out there but too far from home, at unknown locations, or otherwise inaccessible.

If a recipe calls for an ingredient not available where you normally shop, you can try this list of sources for uncommon foods and kitchen tools.


 
 

 
There are three wild foods text files available. Both are viewable with a web browser such as Internet Explorer. IE will display the file. You can then copy the recipes and paste them into a text editor to save the reipes if you wish. A computer in your kitchen could display a saved recipes as it is prepared.

It would be easy to change any recipe to your preferences by editing the text in a text editor such as Notepad.

To copy a recipe file, open it in the web browser. Place the insertion point at the begining of the text. Click to anchor the insertion point. Use the mouse pointer and vertical scroll bar to scroll to the end of the text. Place the insertion point at the end of the text and click to anchor it there. Use the mouse pointer to select the browser's Edit menu by clicking on Edit. Select copy. Then open the text editor, select Edit. Select paste. Select Save As to save the recipes in to your computer with whatever file name you decide upon.

One of the three recipe files contains about twenty recipes using various common wild foods. Any particular recipe uses one wild food with a combination of ordinary ingredient added to give good flavor. This file is wild food recipes.txt

The second recipe file is wild_food_recipes_blackberry.txt.

The third recipe file is wild_food_recipes_elderberry.txt.

 
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