Most of us think plants you can eat only exist in a garden or grocery store, but did you know that more than half of the plants we see outdoors in daily life are also edible? I did not know that before this episode! I’m here with Sam Thayer, foraging expert, to go deep on how to use wild edibles (safely) for health, culinary uses, and the protection of our planet.
Learn about literally hundreds of species of plants available in the U.S. and how to identify them and incorporate them into your diet. This is a really cool way to save money, get a whole lot more micronutrients from your food, and get much more in touch with your food supply.
After this interview, I’m ready to take the whole family out and see what we can find!
Episode Highlights With Sam Thayer
- Why half of the plants in most areas are edible food plants in some form!
- What black locust flowers are and how to find them (and why they are so nutritious)
- What the different types of foods are that you can forage
- How to identify edible plants in your region of the U.S.
- The one simple rule to keep yourself safe when foraging (it’s easier than you think)
- Why herbicides and pesticides are changing the natural landscape, and what we need to do about it
- How to make tea out of pine needles (yep, really!)
- Some kid favorites to try to find when foraging
- How you know when you know enough to get started
- And more!
Resources We Mention
More From Wellness Mama
- 414: Ancestral Parenting, Biological Norms, Wild Food, and Foraging With Arthur Haines
- 449: Randy Newberg on Seasonal Eating, Sustainable Food Sourcing, and Learning From the Outdoors
- 310: Can Our Soils Heal Us? How Regenerative Agriculture and Home Gardens Can Improve Our Health
- Ecotherapy: The Health Benefits of Nature
- Why to Try Forest Bathing to Decrease Anxiety, Depression, and Inflammation
- Guide to Growing Herbs for Cooking, Remedies, and More
- DIY Chickweed Salve Recipe
Have you ever tried foraging? Any tips to share? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well.
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