Apologies for the late post! Life is very hectic right now. I’m working 50 hours per week, trying to get my air brake endorsement, trying to run wild edibles classes, trying to write several books at once, and more. There is just never enough time.
We’re going to take a small break from the selling the van story to bring in some of my other work; wild edibles.
Believe it or not, almost all weeds are edible. Most are even introduced species from Europe that were originally cultivated specifically because of their very, very high nutrient content. So let’s talk about the most common weed, the dandelion!
You probably have no idea how nutritious dandelions are. Five times your recommended daily intake of Vitamin K in one single cup! Click here to see a full nutrition breakdown.
The entire dandelion is edible. Flower, stem, leaves and roots. It doesn’t taste the greatest raw (and we don’t eat the stem at all), but it is hard to pass up when thrown into a salad and smothered in salad dressing, or steamed and salted like spinach. Tea made from the root even reduces risk of several types of cancer, and not by small margins; it is one of the few wild medicinals with some relatively significant scientific backing.
One of our favourite recipes is to make popcorn dandelion heads. It is easy to make and tastes just like popcorn chicken! Plus you are likely to find dandelion flowers in most places you visit, so it is very simple to get these free ingredients, especially in spring.
Ingredients: 2 cups dandelion flowers, 2 cups flour, 1 large or extra large egg, 1/2 cup milk, seasonings (such as salt and pepper), butter or favourite oil
- Beat together the egg and milk like you are making French Toast.
- In a separate bowl or container, mix your flour with your seasonings.
- Pour the dandelion flowers into the egg/milk mixture and stir to fully coat the flowers.
- Without dumping out any excess liquid, place the flowers into your flour and seasoning mix and coat liberally.
- In a medium sized pan on medium heat, warm up your butter or oil (how much is up to you, the more you use the greasier it will be).
- Fry your popcorn dandelion balls in the pan to desired level of crispiness, stirring frequently to nearly constantly.
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