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18th of February 2015


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Too bad broccoli went ridiculuosly expensive in Russia last year. Ah, well. Pretty good idea with roasted nuts though. Going to try it soon.

Yum!

I just finished eating a squirrel, kidney bean, and rice stew. That broccoli looks so good, though. I guess maybe I don't get enough leafy greens, heh.

I don't know if it is true, but some people say that when wolves kill a moose in the winter, they first eat its stomach - because they need that half-digested green stuff. Well, but since I'm not that interested in eating contents of herbivore stomach, I've been thinking about trying to grow some green stuff in my own kitchen. Like sproutings peas and buckwheat. Yeah, but so far I've only been thinking about it - maybe next winter I could actually try that =)

I like to eat certain weeds, too. No effort to be put into growing them! :D

I am pretty dumb about what all grows wild where you are, but around here I eat a lot of dandelions and clover (at least when it's in season, heh). All parts of both plants are edible, but the dandelions are less bitter and have more vitamins in them. The old-timers used to grind cattail seed heads into flower and bake the root bulbs like potatoes, too, but I haven't tried that. Surely there are a lot more wild plants like that, but those are all I know of that are all over the place around here.

I am about ready for spring to come!!! I want some green food so badly, and these short days are making me craaaaaazy! =:O

Hmmm, come to think of it, maybe I should try harvesting a bunch of dandelions this year and freezing them... I wonder if that would preserve the vitamins well...

This http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valerianella is a winter salad that you might be able to grow at your place as well. And this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_cress is incredibly easy to grow indoors. You can even do it "hors-sol" on a cotton bedding.

I love wild edibles, a few of my friends are partial to Dandelions and Thistle too! Im more of a wild mushroom lover myself, a nice snack when in the woods is Wood Sorrel, Im sure its spread throughout Europe, found on the forest floor, looks like a Clover, we have plenty Ramsons / Wild Garlic which is a good money saver, instead of buying cloves from the supermarket aha.

Nettles, they are my favourite. There are a lot of nettles here and there in my yard, they yield many harvests per summer. I've been freezing them - first briedly boiled then cut into small pieces. But now I'm thinking if I could just grow some of them indoors, to have a fresh harvest all winter long...

And an early spring tasty snack is rowan leaves, when they haven't yet fully opened. The taste resembles almond, but the season is over very quickly - mature leaves are too bitter to eat, and I haven't tried any way to preserve them.

I've yet to try Rowan leaves, I know in Wales they have made an alcoholic drink from the berries and also Jam! but preserving the leaves would be an interesting experiment, Ill be keeping my eyes peeled for some now however, Nettle Tea is a nice brew to get you moving on a cold morning, though I tend to use Nettles for making cord more than anything else as they're quite strong for shelter making and biodegradable :D

Oh yes! I forgot about the Wild Leeks, or "Ramps" as we call them in the local argot! They (along with watercress) are such a popular foods here that I guess I don't consider them "wild edibles", lol.

I have never tried thistle, but I understand that it can be canned and pickled, and then is good on sandwiches. I might have to try that this year. :D

It may sound like a stereotype. In the past Russians used to make liqueurs out of Rowan berries and vodka. Berries were gathered after the first night frost of the year, and then soaked in vodka for several months.

We do similar things with the moonshine here. Huckleberries, peaches, apples. Personally if I have to drink that stuff, I'd rather have it straight-up, though! XD

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