When food sovereignty is a major task, we should think about holistic, practical and accessible solutions as …
… jogging?!?! Juste take a look more carefully… as with many other stuff, it’s always a matter of perspective. At the bottom of the foreground we see weed, weed and still weed. Looks like an ugly abandoned garden. At first we think about just cutting it off without hesitating, so that other decorative species could take its place. This rugby field is 5mn from my place, where i can also find this beautiful buckhorn plantain ready to be harvested :))
With appropriated instructions and a good manual, cooking weeds becomes pleasant and addictive :p
No more than 15mn later and voilà!
We see coquelicot (Papaver rhoeas), plantain lanceolé (Plantago lanceolata) – the most common traditionally used wild medicinal plant since the Antiquity -, trèfle des près (Trifolium pratense), passerage des champs (Lepidium campestre), achillé millefeuille (Achillea millefolium), petite camomile (Matricaria recutica), and the seventh one i wans’t able to determine. Otherwise i wasn’t that sure about my diagnoses concerning Achillea and Matricaria neither. For the first i had an eternal doubt with another specimen of the Apiaceae (some are really toxic) and the second one wasn’t really in a gooood state – so i didn’t cook them ;/
It’s hugely important to keep some instructions in mind when harvesting weeds! Assuring the diagnose is one of the most important ones, but neglecting the environment and pillage of the spot are as well crucial mistakes.
See more here (for french speakers) http://www.lavisdesplantes.fr/erreurs-eviter-cueillette/
Finally, a really diverse and nutritive meal with Fabaceae, Brassicaceae, Papaveraceae, Asteraceae, Plantaginaceae and Solanaceae (tomatos) :))
Mentioning briefly, we could list some benefits provided by this specimens such as headache and toothache prevention, anti-inflammatory properties, purgative and digestive action, gingivitis prevention, sedative and analgesic properties, and so on…
Why the renewed interest in Edible Weeds? Beacause they are:
1. Abundant – they grow everywhere;
2. Free – just find and pick them (taking care about the spot conditions and plant’s state);
3. Easy – they grow without any effort from you;
4. Nutritious – many are more nutritious than specimens you grow on your own veggie patch :);
5. Taste great!;
6. Many of these species have been eaten or used for their medicial properties for thousands of years. In many countries some are still considered delicacies today!
http://www.incredible-edible.info/?p=2512#more-2512 (GREAT one)
http://www.mauvaisesherbes.org/f1-les-plantes-sauvages-comestibles (good catalogue, in french)