The edible wild herbs represent a concentrate of well-being rich in vitamins and minerals! Their appearance is not given by man; nature has thought of them by itself, therefore they are born without artificial forcing by man, which makes them extremely vital. And then they are free! Know that most of the weeds we try to fight in our garden are nothing more than edible wild plants.
Edible wild herbs, collection
Where can we collect edible wild herbs? We can search in abandoned fields, in the banks of ditches, along the edges of paths or in the woods. For the harvest we must be careful of some factors: they must still be small and tender. In this regard, you will have to observe the plants in the various stages of growth (bud, adult plant, flower, seeds) in order to learn to recognize them easily even in dense vegetation.
Also remember the area where you found a particular herb because most likely you will find it in the same area the following year.
The edible parts of a plant are different: leaves, stem, buds, flowers, roots, tubers and bulbs. But only some parts of each species are eaten.
Edible wild herbs, purslane
Among the edible wild herbs we find purslane: a herb that grows in the summer period, the leaves of which are used to create combinations with raw tomatoes and different varieties of salad, and the sprigs to be preserved in oil such as capers.
Edible wild herbs, useful precautions
- Do not collect in places near busy roads or other sources of pollution such as drains, animal farms, landfills, etc.
- Do not harvest in fields treated with pesticides and herbicides: if you do not know the field it is best to avoid
- Since not all herbs are edible, don't pick herbs that you're not sure you recognize
- Don't collect everything by leaving the desert behind you: allow the plants to reproduce. Unless it is a weed from your garden to be eradicated, collect only a third of the plants and leave the rest to the natural cycle
- Since they are a concentrate of nutrients, eat small amounts initially
- Start with a few recognizable and fairly widespread varieties and gradually add more varieties.
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