Foraging Daylilies and Other Wild Edibles


Bouquet gathered quickly from roadside

I am learning about foraging. Nobody in my family forages, although my mom once made cabbage rolls using wild grape leaves. I remember them being delicious. My dad offered to pay us kids to dig up the dandelions in the yard so that he wouldn’t have to. He hated them. So did we and so declined after digging up the first few. Their roots go deep. The neighbours had their lawn sprayed to kill off their unwanted plants. Who knew you could eat them?

Very few people I’ve spoken to are interested in adding weeds to their diet. Why? We are surrounded by an abundance of free food in our natural surroundings. This is an opportunity at hand, blessings bestowed upon us, the fruits of Mother Earth.

We have been taught food comes from stores. We have been distracted by misleading advice and a lack of proper education concerning the things that count. We have overlooked the treasure trove of edibles that pop up out of nowhere, and everywhere, on this wonderful planet.

The average North American diet consists of a lot of processed food — junk food. It satisfies our cravings but doesn’t meet our nutritional needs. There’s an excess of sugar, starch, salt, fat, chemicals, colours and fillers. The average medicine cabinet is full of pill bottles. Many people depend on diet supplements and meal replacers to receive their required nutrients. The food industry, health and pharmaceutical markets are booming. Meanwhile, North America is suffering from poor nutrition. We have many unhealthy people seeking medical attention for an easy solution they don’t want to hear.

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