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    I was trying to find out if I can juice nettles and drink the juices that I make. I found this

    Wild Edible Plants

    and am amazed. Does anyone eat grass juice or daisy juice? I want to start using more wild plants but I need to know where to draw the line!

  • #2
    Yeah, I eat the things I recognize. Pansies, dandelions, roses, etc.

    Steam the nettles first to neutralize the sting.
    Crohn's, doing SCD

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    • #3
      Nettles are extremely rich sources of Fe, so easy does it. I rather like edible flowers of all types, honeysuckles bring back fond warm childhood memories of sunny summers that lasted forever it seemed... Sorrels, cresses, lichens & outright shrooms if you dare.
      "Science is not belief but the will to find out." ~ Anonymous
      "Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart." ~ Gandhi
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      • #4
        It's plant iron. You can't absorb it. In one end, out the other.
        Crohn's, doing SCD

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Knifegill View Post
          Yeah, I eat the things I recognize. Pansies, dandelions, roses, etc.

          Steam the nettles first to neutralize the sting.
          I was planning to wash the nettles and put them through my juicer, one like this

          Samson Juicers At UK Juicers Specialist Online Juicer Store

          And I thought that would stop the sting??!!

          Also love the idea of daisies and dandelion flowers in salads - are they good??

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          • #6
            Ive run nettles through the blender with other stuff to make smoothies with no resulting stings...
            I make no guarantees though....


            In the summer, I pick all sorts of wild (& feral) plants for my salads
            Daisys
            Dandelion
            Nasturtiums
            Chickweed
            Nettles
            Roses
            heather flowers
            honeysuckle
            jasmine
            etc....
            Last edited by DinoHunter; 12-16-2012, 04:21 AM.
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            • #7
              Julienned tulips petals taste like green beans to me. Like Betorq, honeysuckle brings me back to my childhood, too. My mom eats spring nettles every year, tho I haven't had the courage to try those just because of the prickles. My grandmother goes mushrooming (but she has lived in the same place all her life and was taught which local varieties were safe). I have plans to try my yard's own dandelion greens this coming spring. And a local naturalist just taught us that the tendrils from the local wild grape vine taste sour, like lemons, and are a great refresher - and it is true. Oh - and the wild blackberries and raspberries I have picked!!

              I have taken mushrooming tours with naturalists from our local parks department - try to see if you can find events like this in England.
              Last edited by Crabbcakes; 12-16-2012, 04:51 AM.
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              • #8
                The sting from a nettle is buteric acid. Smashing up the stingers by blending or wilting the plant helps, but steaming IS the best way to fully neutralize it.

                If you don't want to steam, know there's a chance you'll burn your mouth. If a kid will even SNIFF the resulting juice/meal: STEAM IT. Little mouths want no nasty surprises!
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                • #9
                  I love "weeds" and flowers. I cannot WAIT for dandelions to start popping up in a few mths.
                  Earthy Mama's Journal

                  "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" ~ Hippocrates

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                  • #10
                    Butter fried dandelions! Try them in a salad.
                    “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Rumi

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                    • #11
                      I eat nettles, cooked. Also Plantain elongata (not a banana), wild mustard (that yellow flowered plant everywhere in California) and wild horseradish. All are good in an omelet. I am not into juicing.
                      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                      • #12
                        I love free food, wild garlic and nettles are great early greens, nettles do tingle a bit raw, but not too bad, there is tons of stuff you can eat, just takes time to learn. I also feel it's one of those things you need to learn from someone who knows what they are doing, not from a book.
                        You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Tribal Rob View Post
                          I love free food, wild garlic and nettles are great early greens, nettles do tingle a bit raw, but not too bad, there is tons of stuff you can eat, just takes time to learn. I also feel it's one of those things you need to learn from someone who knows what they are doing, not from a book.
                          Though there are some pretty cool, entertaining & info-laden books on geographically-specific foraging in the wild too... but I agree, a local expert is always best. But ain't nuthin' wrong w/ having a lil foraging pocket guide on hand neither while on a hike or backyarding it... And yes by all means, wild onions, ramps & edible roots, varying upon location & season, sauteed in butter & a pinch of salt, mmm. Nature's finer outliers of simple pleasures are found often among the lower levels of our vision & reach. Dig & savor...
                          "Science is not belief but the will to find out." ~ Anonymous
                          "Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart." ~ Gandhi
                          "The flogging will continue until morale improves." ~ Unknown

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                          • #14
                            Day lilies are delicious!
                            Seriously.

                            In some areas they grow like the most pestilent weeds... all naturalized.
                            At least the old orange kind do.
                            “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
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                            • #15
                              The nice thing about oniony wild things is that if it smells like onions or garlic it IS onions or garlic. Go ahead and eat it.
                              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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