The following article is being reproduced with permission of it's author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.
Eat Wild, by Kate Towell
My dear friend Ananya inspired this month’s newsletter theme when she shared her dandelion pancake recipe with me last week. Her adventure in back yard foraging reminded me that our yards are filled with a bounty of fun, healthy and beneficial foods. Her Happy Dandy Pancakes are our featured recipe this month =)
Wild edibles are some of the most nutritious foods on the planet. You may have noticed them making a come-back on the menu of your favorite restaurant. Greens, nettles and wild mushrooms are local favorites. Look out your window. There is a treasure trove waiting for you. Rose hips and violet flowers are some of the richest sources of vitamin C found on Earth. Dandelion roots, greens and flowers are full of calcium, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. According to Ayurveda, the bitter taste of wild greens makes them naturally cleansing and powerful aids for reducing sugar cravings.
One of the greatest benefits of eating what’s right outside our windows is the natural allergy relief local plants provide. Eating from our backyards allows us to take advantage of the immune system found in our local environment. By eating nettles, fiddle head ferns (my favorite) and wild raw honey we build a resistance to local allergens and over time can eliminate spring allergies.
When we tune into nature and eat with the season we come into balance with ourselves and our environment. By simply connecting to nature through our plates we experience more energy, boost our immune systems and cultivate a lighter body and spirit.
- If you don’t know it, don’t pick it and don't eat it.
- Avoid roads with heavy traffic, areas of high pet use and anywhere you think may have been sprayed with chemicals or pesticides.
- Start with one plant and explore it fully.
- Wash all foraged foods well.
- Find a class, book or BLOG and fill up on fun facts.
Ananya's Happy Dandy Pancakes
To make dandelion pancakes (which are tasty!), make sure you have freshly blooming dandelions far from the road or nearest dog relief zone. Pick 30 heads and pull the stems and base of the stems off. Wash them well. Then follow this recipe:
- 3/4 cup flour of your choice
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup milk of your choice
- 1 egg
- Dandelion heads
- Any fruit or nuts of your choosing (optional)
Mix the dry ingredients together and then add the wet ingredients, dandelion heads, and any fruits or nuts. Mix well and add water to get the consistency you like. Drop into a hot pan. I do not use Teflon in my home so I use a generous portion of olive oil to coat the pan. Cook, flip, cook, remove, and eat. Super simple.
Great NPR story on Eating Wild
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