Wild edibles – we know they are great food – full of nutrition, they grow without asking, and are tough plants that survive. But how do you identify them – for sure? Like, who wants to die from eating a bad plant?
I recently got to spend a day with Dr. John Kallas. We trekked through central Idaho munching on this and that all the way. John is one of those crazy, wild food guys who has been doing this most of his life. John has written one of the best books on wild edibles that I know of. (And I’ve got quite a few books on wild edibles…)
Imagine what you could do with eighteen delicious new greens in your dining arsenal including purslane, chickweed, curly dock, wild spinach, sorrel, and wild mustard.
John Kallas makes it fun and easy to learn about foods you’ve unknowingly passed by all your life. Through gorgeous photographs, playful, but authoritative text, and ground-breaking design he gives you the knowledge and confidence to finally begin eating and enjoying edible wild plants.
Edible Wild Plants divides plants into four flavor categories — foundation, tart, pungent, and bitter. Categorizing by flavor helps readers use these greens in pleasing and predictable ways. According to the author, combining elements from these different categories makes the best salads.
Check out this short interview I did with john, and pick up a copy of his book here at Amazon.
Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.