Gather and enjoy
Young, small wild vegetables are the most delicious ones.
Collect wild veggies and herbs in a paper bag in dry weather.
Herbs and vegetables stay fresh and edible in the refrigerator for about two days after picking.
Preferably, cook and store vegetables and herbs immediately after gathering. Rinse with cold water before use.
Use them fresh or dry them at room temperature or in a desiccator. You can also store them in the freezer: dip in boiling water, make little bundles and pack in a zip-lock bag.
Do not pick next to roads or industrial areas. Do not collect from lawns that are cut with a petrol-fuelled lawn mower.
Wild vegetables and herbs can be gathered from early spring until late autumn in the Northern hemisphere.
Pick only plants that you recognise.
Pick only healthy-looking plants.
Respect the environment and the law but also know your rights. In Finland we are lawfully allowed to pick wild vegetables, herbs, berries and mushrooms everywhere. Check local laws online.