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My Favorite Springtime Green Smoothie

17 Apr

Stinging nettles, miners lettuce, dandelions, and lemon balm oh my…

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A Complete Gym For Less Than $90

6 Dec

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Pick up your own rings here!

Off To Print

8 Nov

I have GREAT news… My wild edible cards WILL soon be a reality! As of two days ago, I reached my initial Kickstarter goal, which means I will have enough $$$ to get them printed. Woot, Woot! For your viewing pleasure, here is a peek at what the cards will look like:


My Kickstarter campaign is wrapping up (only has 50 hours to go). Thus there is still time to get in on the great deals. If you’d like to get a deck or two, you can back my project and receive them at a discounted rate.  Click the link to back this project:

Your pledge will get you a rocking deck of cards (that will help you learn about wild edible responsible) and will help me spread a healthy message far and wide.


Wild Edible Cards

21 Oct

In true Boutenko fashion I can’t sit still. For the last couple weeks, in between video shoots and smoothie blending, I’ve been working on a secret side project – Wild Edible poker cards.

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Having completed my wild edible book last May, I was sitting on a vast databank of information and photos about wild edibles. I sifted through that information and pulled out 52 of my MOST favorite edibles and made them into a poker deck.



The idea behind these cards is super simple…  A deck of cards that enables you to play your favorite games and educates your about wild edibles at the same time.  Follow the link for more info:

Touring Idaho

20 Aug

Sergei Boutenko for Dark Rye/Whole Foods by Pam Voth

I’m coming to speak in Idaho:

Wild Edibles Book Signing & Lecture:

When: Friday, August 23rd, 6:00 – 8:00pm.
Where: Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N 4th St  Coeur d’Alene, ID

Price: $10
Reservations:  Call: 208 676-9730

When: Thursday, August 29th, 6:30 – 8:30pm.
Where: North End Organic Nursery, 2350 Hill Rd, Boise, ID

Price: $10

Reservations:  Call: 208.389.4769 or

My Article in Books For Better Living (A Random House Blog)

17 Jul


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My Book is out!

16 Jul



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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.

Wild Sweet Pea

6 Nov

YUMMMMMMMERS! If you haven’t tried this one you’re in for a treat! Wild sweet pea is incredibly delicious with a flavor that is reminiscent of pea sprouts. This plant is great in salads, Asian dishes, soups, stir-fries, or just as an exotic garnish. One might think that because this wild edible is related to store-bought peas it would be natural to harvest the pea pods, but this is not so! Wild sweet pea pods are tough to chew and quite are bland tasting. Instead of eating the pods, try devouring a few curly tips (called tendrils) or a couple brilliantly pink flowers. You’ll be hooked in no time! Watch the following video for identification tips: YouTube Preview Image

Over the years wild sweet pea has received a bad rap in the press. The worst blow to its image came from the story Into The Wild, which depicts a young man  (Christopher McCandless) dying after ingesting a wild-crafted pea variety. If you’re interested to read a summary of what supposedly happened you can google: “Into The Wild” and read all about it. However, be careful what you choose to believe as there is a lot of false information out there. Since McCandless’s death, various wild pea varieties have been studied extensively and it has been concluded that none of them are poisonous. In his book, Nature’s Garden, Samuel Thayer does a fantastic job summarizing the true events that lead to McCandless’s demise. I highly recommend this book and think that all serious foragers should have it in their library. Thayer states that the official coroner’s report on McCandless states that the young man was not poisoned, but died of starvation. Unfortunately, the media (authors, news reporters, movie producers, and the like) decided that that wasn’t a good enough story and blamed it on an innocent pea plant.

I have have questioned the edibility of wild peas over the years and have come to conclude that they are harmless. I have eaten them hundreds of  times without any ill effect and will continue eating them again and again. By mentioning Into The Wild I am not trying to scare you, just prepare you. When you start consuming wild edibles on a regular basis, the people close to you will begin to worry about your well being and bring up “the case of the guy in Into The Wild.” I think it’s a good idea to read several different account of this event and decide for yourself where you stand on the matter!

For more info on foraging download my wild edible iPhone app:

No iPhone? No problem! Use the web app version for free: (works on android phones)