Archive | September, 2012

Salsify!

24 Sep

Yummy, yummy Salsify, oh how I love thee! If you’re craving a sweet, delicious, exotic-looking treat, you’ve come to the right place. Salsify looks almost alien with its long, green sepals and multicolored petals. At first glance it’s normal to doubt if this is something you’d wanna eat… However, all who brave this mysterious flower become instant connoisseurs. Salsify is the only sweet, non-bitter dandelion relative. This means that it’s not only scrumptious, but extremely nutritious. This combination of taste and function make this plant an all time favorite of mine! Check out my video for some simple ID tips:

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For more info on foraging download my wild edible iPhone app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wild-edibles/id430951647?ls=1&mt=8

No iPhone? No problem! Use the web app version for free: http://sergeiboutenko.com/wildediblesapp/ (works on android phones)

Plantain

19 Sep

Plantain is a fantastic plant that has many healing properties. It is most renowned for its ability to draw toxins out of the skin, neutralize pain, and reduce swelling. All you have to do top reap the benefits of plantain is chew up a leaf and apply it topically like a poultice. This works great for cuts, scratches, and bug bites! If you’re allergic to bee stings, knowing about this edible may one day come in handy. While filming my wild edible videos, I encounter bee stings regularly. Each time I’m stung, I drop what I’m doing and go on a search for plantain. I chew up the greens, apply the green mixture to my wound and within minutes I am swelling and pain free. It works like a charm every time. Plantain is also very edible. Watch the video below to learn more:

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For more info on foraging download my wild edible iPhone app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wild-edibles/id430951647?ls=1&mt=8

No iPhone? No problem! Use the web app version for free: http://sergeiboutenko.com/wildediblesapp/ (works on android phones)

Miners Lettuce

13 Sep

Believe it of not, you can still find miners lettuce growing this late in the summer. And if you succeed, I think you’ll agree that its finger-licking GOOD! Scope out your local shady areas for miners lettuce and then add it to your next salad or green smoothie. Here is how to identify it:

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If you’re a die hard wild edible forager like me, you might be interested to know that my new online wild edible course starts on September 16th! This course is intensive and is the perfect place to start if you are relatively new to foraging. After this 17 week experience (that you can engage in from the comfort of your home and on your own time) you should feel totally comfortable and safe harvesting free food from your surroundings. Best of all, the course addresses wild edibles that are common to most regions of the world. So whether you are in Australia or Canada, you will find this information helpful!

Wild edible course:  http://goo.gl/MbQSQ  Book now and save $100!

For more info on foraging download my wild edible iPhone app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wild-edibles/id430951647?ls=1&mt=8

No iPhone? No problem! Use the web app version for free: http://sergeiboutenko.com/wildediblesapp/ (works on android phones)

Roof Top Living

10 Sep

Dear Blog readers,

I am looking to acquire a roof top camper for my car. I spend many of days outdoors photographing and filming edible plants each year. Having a home on top of my car would allow me to greatly increase the number of days out in the field and thus allow me to create more educational videos for YouTube as well as my site. Unfortunately, such toys cost around $2,500 which not in my budget at the moment. That’s why I’m getting creative… If you have a roof top camper that is similar to a Maggiolina that you never use, why not sell or donate it to me? It does not have to be brand spanking new. In fact, if it’s needs repairs, I am happy to take on such a project this fall. Such a camper would go to a good cause and indirectly help thousands of people. If you have a proposition for me, please drop me an email. More wild edible videos coming soon…

Lamb’s Quarters Saves The Day

3 Sep

This one is a crowd favorite. It’s called “lamb’s quarters” and it comes packed with oodles of protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. When I used to run a green smoothie tricycle (see photo below), my customers came to love and crave lamb’s quarter smoothies. On a typical week, I would sell out of smoothie with in the first two hours! Check out the video below to learn how to spot lamb’s quarters.

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For more info on foraging download my wild edible iPhone app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wild-edibles/id430951647?ls=1&mt=8

No iPhone? No problem! Use the web app version for free: http://sergeiboutenko.com/wildediblesapp/ (works on android phones)