Gardening is hard, especially if you have a gray thumb. Keeping the soil healthy, the plants watered (just the right amount), and keeping bugs and pests away is a challenge. While I love eating garden fresh tomatoes and squash, and seasoning my food with fresh herbs, it can sometimes definitely be a hassle! However, there is a way to get your own home-grown food without all the work: foraging! Leave the gardening to mother nature! There are tons of wild, edible plants that can spice up any dish. Check out this post by Ariana Mullins at And Here We Are to find new food sources in your own backyard:
-Violets- The leaves and stems can be eaten either raw or cooked, and have a very mild flavor. The flowers are aromatic and tart– lovely for garnishing desserts with.
-Primrose- I love the flavor of primrose flowers, and they do have a rosey smell and taste. Some people make wine with primroses!
-Field Garlic- They have the flavor of both garlic and onion. They are pungent and so tasty.
-Dandelion- This is one of the most well-known edible “weeds.” I have used the flowers, buds, leaves and roots– both for food and medicine. You can even use the leaves for a salad.