How to turn them into delicious food
Use them to spice up everyday meals, make dips, ice creams, puddings and smoothies – wild vegetables are stacked with vitamins and flavour. But they also carry a holistic solution to wellbeing: they invite you to a free fitness centre and meditation studio. When camping or in the Great Outdoors there’s no better way to boost your meal than by foraging in nature’s larder – and while you’re in the process giving your body a mobilising warmup or after-surf workout. Squatting to gather wild veggies opens up your hips, strengthens your thighs and buttocks and stretches your ankles and back. It’s one of the best functional movement poses you can do to help you pop-up faster and increase your balance on the board. Studies have also shown that taking a good look at nature, even for five minutes, decreases your blood pressure and stress levels.
Every country has its own native plants and when travelling you can learn a lot about foreign food culture, history and local cures by getting to know the edible wild plants. Particularly in Chinese and Indian medicine, wild plants have an important role in holistic lifestyle practices and are used both externally in cosmetics and aromatherapy, and internally as food ingredients and supplements.
In turn, in Western societies, many of us have forgotten the power that lies within our native wild plants. Stinging nettles and dandelions are probably the easiest wild veggies to learn to recognise, gather and cook. Here are a couple of delicious and nutritious ways to use them:
If you look closely you’ll see wild foods and vegetables growing everywhere. Gardeners might call them weeds but we’re nuts about these free superfoods.