Wild Food

By: Erica Dao
By: Erica Dao

These are more than just wild plants.
"This isn't just food, it's very good food and its food, that if properly prepared, anybody would like,” said Sam Thayer, wild food expert.
Sam Thayer has been collecting wild food almost all his life. And he holds workshops for those who are interested, like the one at Beaver Creek Reserve in Fall Creek.
"I just really wanted to try more and use more of the foods that I know I have right at hand if I would just open my eyes and know about them,” said Ann Heywood, a participant in the workshop.
Although many of the edible, wild plants haven't been analyzed for nutritional content, the ones that have can be considered exceptional...
"The ones that have been analyzed are very promising and show that wild plants have a higher content of vitamins and minerals than similar, cultivated plants,” said Thayer.
For instance, nettles have the highest source of protein out of any green vegetable. It was used in World War II as a protein supplement.
But before you head out on your food hunting venture, Thayer recommends going with an expert or someone who at least knows about one plant very well. He also suggests buying several books to educate yourself before heading into mother nature.
"You don't have to change our lifestyle at all to go into your backyard and pick something that's just sitting right there and incorporate it in your cooking.”
Thayer says for almost any type of produce or cultivated foods, there are also similar wild foods. All you have to do is take advantage of what's right outside your door.


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