This has been a special journey learning how to use wild plants. I have always loved eating them, and here I learnt even more. Weeds are usually very strong plants, and usually can keep up to two weeks in the fridge doing well. They are nutritius, and are happy plants – because they grow places they want to grow, where they thrive. And I guess it is a boost for the immune- system, consuming some bacterias from your sorroundings!
Starting in the garden of Tiziana and Lamberto, Sardinia, near Alghero. Among the trees appears a lot of wild plants, that are edible and with medical value. They are not planted, but have spread from the wild. Tiziana teaches me about some of them.
Then, in the garden of Francesca and Antonio at Capo Comino. Fran imediately took me a tour around and thaught me even more. I see some of the same plants as in Alghero, in a later stage.
Ending up in the middel of Portugal, in the mountains, in a community where they always pick a big green salad for lunch and dinner only made from weeds! Yummy!
But first of all:
NB!!! It is extremely important to have good familiarity with the plants before you eat them. There are many toxic plants, some give wounds or blisters, and some have very strong medical effect that can be dangerous if eaten without knowing the amount.
Get in contact with people you can learn from (there are wild -plant Associations), and study books.
A link for a Norwegian association, having different courses through the year in different regions: http://www.soppognyttevekster.no/
Here is one of Tizianas books, well illustrated and very informative about medical uses.
Maria Treben was an Austrian woman known for bringing herbal medicine back to everyday use; folk medicine, for all people to be able to help them selves. It is translated into many languages and has recipes for creams, teas, tinctures etc.
Then the plants….
Mallow – The leaves can be eaten raw, and if chewed well they are good for the gums and teeth. You can make tea from them..
This long stalk in the middle, is wild asparagus. They are delicious! They don´t grow very thick, but quite long – this has maby come a little bit too far…
Use as baby asparagus.
Then there is the wild peas… They cover everything here, if it´s not cut down in summer. Leave some, they are tasty!
And peas are nitrogen fixers for the soil, if you cut them before they get their pods. Both tasteful, and useful!
These myrtle berries are not wild, but they also grow in the wild here. You can use them for most berry things, like jams, crumbles, liqueur… They are a little bitter, a taste I find favored a lot in Italy.
This plant I thaught was a wild fennel, but Lamberto and Tiziana told me this is very poisonous. It smells aromatic and nice, but can kill a cow! It is called Ferola in Italian.
Below; Ferola going into seeding stage.