I will be making dishes from herbs commonly called “weeds” to teach you how to incorporate herbs and other wild edibles into your diet. There are many ways to get creative with herbs in the kitchen, and we want you to taste some delicious examples! Some of the items on the menu will be:
- Purslane soup
- Kimbira Gobo (a Japanese dish with burdock)
- Chickweed salad
- Venison stew with wild edibles
- Acorn flapjacks
- Acorn cookies
- Acorn muffins with rosehip raspberry jam
- Basil herb salad
Let’s take a closer look at some ingredients we will be using at the Weed Feed:
Nettle – Nettle is both nutritious and medicinal. It is high in antioxidants, vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, and many other minerals. Research shows that nettle may help conditions such as arthritis, high blood sugar, respiratory conditions, and allergies. It can be used just like spinach and tastes great!
Acorns – There are over 60 beneficial plant compounds found in acorns that make them a nutritious and low-calorie addition to salads, soups, or ground into flour to use in breads or pastries. They contain a high amount of potassium, iron, vitamins A and E, and several important minerals.
Purslane – Purslane Is low in calories and contains several nutrients as well as medicinal properties. It is packed with vitamins and minerals, omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and could lower your risk of cancer. It also supports bone health, diabetes, and asthma symptoms.
Burdock Root – Burdock root contains amino acids, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc, and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C. It is a blood purifier and diuretic that has been used to neutralize and eliminate toxins in the system. It is one of the best herbs for chronic skin problems.
We hope you can make it to the Weed Feed here at the Herbs4You office on October 29 from 11am – 2pm. Come and go as you please within this time. You will also receive information and recipes to take home! You can purchase your tickets at the office or online here.
Amy Willis MH, CTN
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Amy Willis M.H.