Wild is even Better than Organic
Why wild is better than organic:
Wild edibles give us a wonderful opportunity to expand our food resources and bring incredible variety to our diet. Wheat grass, weeds and other wild edibles are actually better than organically grown vegetables in many ways.
A lot of organic farms are near roads and other farms that use pesticides. Whereas wild edibles growing in the middle of forests, or other secluded locations are not as close to common pollutants like traffic.
Some other reasons why wild is better than organic are: they are free; they have longer roots, they are healthier, heartier crops that require very little water; you are eating locally; and opening up the choice the foods exponentially.
People have been safely eating wild edibles for centuries.
Native American cultures, and other perceived “primitive” cultures have been safely consuming wild edibles for centuries. However, it might surprise you to learn that General George Washington issued a directive to all of his soldiers in 1777 to go and pick wild edibles to “prevent scurvy and all putrid disorders” (Food in American History Part 10 – Greens).
Since then many books have been written about the healthy benefits of wild edibles.
Wild edibles also level the healthy playing field. Being healthy is a birthright. You can be healthy even if you are not wealthy! Buying large amounts of organic green vegetables can get really expensive! Being wild sets a whole new standard for fresh healthy food, and it is available to anyone! Forget the notion that “you are not allowed to be healthy unless you are wealthy”.
I was inspired by Sergei’s fantastic presentation and bought some of his recommended books on wild edibles. I am now a convert, and am reaping the wild rewards! I encourage you to do the same – with caution.
Always arm yourself with knowledge. Research the poisonous wild edibles in your local area, and do some research before picking and eating anything. Introduce new wild edibles slowly, in small amounts.
Adopt the look, listen and learn approach. Look for signs of intolerance, listen to your body’s reactions, and learn what works for you. Then teach your body. Everyone is different – be mindful of bio-individuality and experiment to find your perfect wild blend!
Top Wild Edibles to Get you Started!
grass – There are over 400 varieties of grass. Grass is rich in chlorophyll, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. If you use organic fertilizer and do not spray chemicals on your grass, Sergei recommends mowing your lawn and pouring it straight into the blender. He told some hilarious stories of doing that with friends. Now that’s what I call “eating from your backyard”!
dandelions – is rich in Vitamins A, B C and D, as well as copper, phosphorous, calcium and magnesium. Dandelions are great for lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol; and are very beneficial for the health of internal organs. They are extremely alkalizing. Dandelions contain a substance similar to insulin, so they can be beneficial to diabetics. The best thing about dandelions, is that there are over three hundred varieties, and none of them are poisonous. These would be one of the most “socially acceptable” wild edibles. Search for Sergei Boutenko’s “dandelion pesto” on You Tube. YUM!
pigweed – is one of the few plant foods that contains omega 3. It tastes like lemon and has a beneficial effect on the heart – being linked to preventing heart disease and improving the immune system. Pigweed is rich in Vitamins A, B6 and C; as well as minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and iron. The great thing about pigweed is that it grows prolifically on organic farms where they don’t spray. A lot of health food stores are selling it now, so you don’t have to trek to find it!
lambsquarter or Fat Hen – like pigweed, this grows in abundance on organic farms that don’t spray and is available at some health food stores and co-ops. Lambsquarters taste like wild spinach and are perfect for green smoothies. They are rich in calcium, niacin, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and Vitamin K.
stinging nettles – the interesting thing about these are that they sting, but the juice counteracts the sting. Stinging nettles are rich in protein, chlorophyll, calcium, iron and potassium. They provide arthritic relief, and are good for joint, back and knee pain. They can also assist in alleviating the symptoms of allergies; and are great for getting rid of dandruff!
plantain – is where psyllium husks come from. There are about seeds all coated with husks, which are really great for digestion. Plantain is fantastic for drawing toxins out of the skin. If you are stung by a bee, use some plantain and it will draw the sting out. It is also great for cuts and bites. Plantain is a fantastic natural anti-wrinkle treatment, and wonderful for other skin disorders such as acne and ecxema. It is rich in calcium, as well as protein and calcium.
hibiscus – rich in Vitamins A, B and C, as well as minerals such as calcium, sodium, chromium, selenium.
nasturtiams – are of particular interest to me as they are great for candida, intestinal worms, stomach aches and constipation. They can also help with lung infections, colds and flus. Nasturtiams also promote the growth of new blood cells. The flowers taste beautiful, but the leaves can be very spicy.
gota cola – is a miracle plant for arthritis. It is also great for nervous disorders and skin impurities.It strengthens the adrenal glands and the libido; It is rich in Vitamins A, B, C, D and K; as well as iodine, calcium, zinc and cobalt.
chickweed – is rich in calcium, iron, and vitamins A, B and C. They also contain powerful flavanoids and triterpenoids.
clover – turns out that a three leaf clover can be lucky for your health! You can eat every clover except for yellow clover. Clovers are great blood purifiers; and fantastic for fighting cancer, hepatitis, mononucleosis, and many eruptive skin disorders.