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Plants and Herbs as Food



Harvesting in the garden

 

One of my most wonderful joys is being able to walk on our property at the Middle Path and pick a bowl full of greens for a salad without having to go to the shops to buy them.

We have a modest vegetable garden - the final version is waiting for us to build a retaining wall - which supplies some of our salad needs. There are many edible weeds about - and more growing every moment! - which supply the balance. The taste of each of these weeds is unique and quite different from the ubiquitous lettuce, yet when mixed together they make a wonderful salad combination.

It is especially pleasing to realize that these salads are our medicine as well as our food - I think this diet must be one of the most effective examples of preventative medicine in action.

I use different salad dressings to compliment them and everyone who eats these "weeds" has commented on their rich and stimulating flavour compared to the usual salads we find in homes and eateries.

There is a page on Edible Flowers for adding visual delight to salads and stri-frys in our Quality of Life section.




These weeds are full of nutrients and life-giving natural energy, a lot of them I use in herbal teas as well.

They are not genetically modified or sprayed with chemicals and are available to you all, in most areas that have not been mowed. Not only are they edible but each weed has medicinal properties for your wellbeing and immune system.

You can send any weed on your property or garden or lawn to your nearest Herbarium at your Capital city, Botanical Gardens for identification. They will (in Australia that is) identify it free of charge up to about 5 specimens. You will need to send the plant in blotting paper, number it and keep a copy in blotting paper and the same number for yourself. I always advise people if in doubt to have the weed identified.

Some of the common edible plants and weeds that we use at Middle Path include:



 
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