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Boutenko’s Call to Action

25 Nov

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We did it!

24 Apr

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I am thrilled to announce that a few ago days my kickstarter project (Powered by Green Smoothies) was successfully funded! This means my experiment WILL happen, and the movie WILL be made. I would like to officially thank all of my backers (you know who you are) for supporting me as well as the entire healthy food movement. Our efforts together are making a powerful difference in this world! Stay tuned for regular updates about my upcoming film.

Season’s Greetings

25 Dec

Happy Holidays!

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Elderberries

15 Oct

It’s fall, which means it’s elderberry season! There are many videos on the Internet about elderberries, but few that mention that you should be cautious when eating these fruits. Because of this, I decided to make my own video to set the record straight. Most wild food experts agree that elderberries are edible. However, it is commonly known that elderberries contain trace amounts of cyanide.  Cyanide, if ingested in large amounts, can lead to unpleasant side effects, such as stomachache, and vomiting. Blue elderberries (which I discuss in depth in my video) contain much less cyanide and are thus more suitable for consumption. Check out my new video before you go harvest elderberries:

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Why on earth would you want to eat berries with cyanide?  Well, elderberries are very nutritious. They are extremely high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and are a great pick-me-up during the cold winter months when store-bought food is expensive and not as fresh.  The fact that they are slightly toxic is not unique… Most foods, if eaten with reckless abandon will cause some unpleasant symptoms. For example, apples, cherries, peaches, and almonds also contain trace amounts of cyanide. But since we eat these foods in manageable amounts, and we have a liver and kidneys to help us eliminate toxins from our body, most of us will feel no ill effect from eating these foods form time to time.

(Click on chart to visit USDA website)

(Elderberries develop a white dust when ripe)

I have eaten elderberries many times and felt great. It is only when I decided to use them as a staple ingredients in my smoothies that I experienced my first stomachache followed by an urge to throw up. Since then, I have learned my lesson and only eat a little bit at a time. I have come to classify elderberries not as “edible,” but as “MEDICINAL” for myself and eat them very sparingly. If you decide to experiment with this particular wild edible, I recommend that you do it slowly and patiently!

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)

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)

Fools Onion Hits The Spot

28 Aug

If you happen to live on the West Coast, this one’s worth knowing. It’s called “fools onion” because it’s not a real onion. But don’t be fooled… It’s totally edible and ridiculously delicious! Watch the video below and then go for a hunt!

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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)

Chickweed

1 Aug

I’m planning big things for my blog!!! From now on I will be posting a new video regarding wild edibles (or anything else I’m interested in) every week. This week’s video is about “Chickweed,” one of the most user friendly weeds you can find in your garden.

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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)

 

Wild Edibles? Who Cares.

13 Jan

Wild Edibles? Who Cares.

Singing…Weeds are incredible, they’re healthy and they’re edible, listen to my words coz I’m a source that’s credible… I talk a lot about the importance of getting acquainted with wild edibles in my lectures, books, and videos. However, it is my impression that the vast majority of people are still under the impression that learning about wild eats is purely a survival skill without much practical application. I would like to dispute this way of thinking and present several more reasons why studying plants makes sense.

First, wild edibles are free! If you’ve been to the health food store lately, you have probably noticed that food costs a lot more than it used to. On the other hand, eating weeds is really cost-effective. During the spring, summer, and fall months, my diet can consist up to 80 percent out of wild food. I use the wild greens that I collect in every way I can think of, i.e. put them in smoothies, soups, salads, wraps, sandwiches, desserts, I even dry them in preparation for the winter months. Not only is this fun, but this practices saves me $$$.

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, wild food is the best food available to us! With all the food modification taking place, it is hard, if not impossible, to find even organic food that hasn’t been tampered with. Wild edibles grow and thrive in the way that nature intended. They are genetically stronger than conventional crops and have extremely long roots systems that help fill the plant with minerals. Selling wild edibles is in no way profitable, and thus they have been left alone by people and have managed to preserve their quality. The bottom line is that when you choose to eat edibles weeds, you are almost guaranteed that they will be GMO and chemical free.

Lastly, harvesting edibles is fun and connects us to nature! Need I say more? In today’s tech world, it’s so easy to get stuck in front of a computer screen and forget how much fun it is to be outside. Every time I venture into my garden to pick what most people throw away, I am reminded of how blessed I am to be alive. And that is a great way to feel!

In an effort to raise more awareness about wild edibles, I am excited to announce that for the first time ever, Tera Warner (the green smoothie queen) and myself are teaming to present a 17 week wild edible course online. This course will go in depth about the do’s and dont’s of wild edible eating and by the end, you, the listener should feel comfortable to go out and start harvesting weeds for yourself. If you are interested to learn about this program, follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/7cbfqpo

 

Check out my newest video about why I think it is important to learn about wild edibles.  I hope you enjoy it!

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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)