Why Eat Wild Food?

“Oh Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.”  Psalms 104:24

Many people do not realize the bounty of free food that you can find right on your doorstep. A little knowledge of uncultivated crops can allow you to get out there and find food for your family that is completely free and hugely abundant. With a little consideration, it is possible to harvest considerately and leave plenty for all your friends and neighbors. No matter where you live, there will be some wild foods at your disposal.

  • Renewable resources:  Wild plants tend to be prolific and often invasive.  They are the first vegetation to show up when the soil has been disturbed to renew the minerals back into the ground.
  • Abundant and readily available   Wild plants spread their seeds in a variety of creative life preserving ways.  Many of the weeds right outside our homes are edible and abundant
  • Freshness Fresh, enzyme rich, because you just picked it!  One can also harvest the food when it is at its peak of readiness.  http://wildblessings.com/2011/09/14/from-forage-to-feast/                                                                        

Health benefits of eating wild foods: Have excellent nutritional and healing value. Many of them are more nutritious than regular produce bought from a store.  Compared to cultivated vegetation wild edible plants are many times richer in vitamins and minerals.  The Dandelion for example is high in calcium (a mineral that protects bones and teeth, prevents muscle cramping and maintains a regular heart beat.  The USDA recommended daily allowance for calcium is 800 mg.  One cup of Spinach has 102 mg of calcium, one cup of Kale has 206 mg and one cup of Dandelion leaves has 4,000 mg!

  • They have never been fertilized, waxed, nor treated with pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides, not been genetically engineered, no additives and preservatives, It's also good for us to get out in the fresh air, get some exercise, Foraging is health inducing.

Wild food isn’t Irradiated: Dr. Gary Gibbs, an expert on food irradiation, (author of The Food That Would Last Forever: Understanding the Dangers of Food Irradiation), stated several things in “Nutrition and Healing magazine”, May 1995.
--irradiation creates toxic molecules not found in nature.
--irradiation destroys a number of vitamins, amino acids, and essential fatty acids.
--irradiation increases aflatoxin production by more than one hundred fold.
--when a percentage of lab animals' diet was irradiated, the animals suffered respiratory problems, enlarged hearts, morbidity, and premature death.
--children who ate irradiated wheat developed abnormal white blood cells.
--the foods now approved for irradiation are fruits, vegetables, wheat, flour, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, peas, pork, and chicken. Irradiation does kill e. coli and salmonella,

 

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so the meat processors are very interested in using it. It's cheaper than keeping good sanitation.

  • --The FDA requires a label only if 'whole food' is irradiated and then sold unchanged. If you process it in any way or add any other ingredient to it, no label disclosure is required. A fresh, whole tomato requires a label indicating that it's been irradiated. A package of tomato soup made from irradiated tomatoes can be sold with no indication that irradiation has been involved in the processing of the ingredients.

    The stated purpose for irradiation, to "stop spoilage," sounds good. Would time and money not be much better spent in finding ways to get fresh food to "consumers," not in finding ways  to keep it stored longer, and/or to hide the fact that it's old?

As with genetically modified food, if possible, avoid irradiated food. However, as always, please research for yourself!

Gardening considerations

  • Wild foods are tough to kill, tenacious; if you can’t beat it…EAT it!
  • No need to garden and cultivate the weeds!  They grow like…weeds!
  • Duration of growth is longer than hybrid varieties.
  • Wild foods are resistant to climatic imbalances and survive drought
  • Weeds should be cultivated in the ‘garden’ for they bring up subsoil minerals and protect against many insects.  A great way to re-nurture devalued soil.

Well being

  • Be prepared for emergencies; wild foods are a secure resource.  Look at all the wonderful food and medicines that grows right outside of your front door. These plants all have a purpose.  Everything we would ever need is right under our noses.

Wild foods are also available year round and are a free source of nutritious food. Also, when plants are picked fresh and in season, the enzymes are often more plentiful, making them a healthier option compared to grocery store produce, which may have been there past the date of optimum nutrition,  Many regular produce items are killed plants. The head of lettuce, the bunch of spinach, the root crops like carrots, the celery -- all plants destroyed in the picking.  

Additionally, the cost savings of wild foraging can be substantial, as they are often organic, Organic food is higher priced at the grocery store, not to mention the health benefits that are obtained through spending time in nature, and breathing in fresh air while collecting wild food.