Chickweed, Cleavers, Miner’s Lettuce, Dandelion… These wild edibles are all around us now with incredible nutrients to support our body’s desire for Spring Cleaning. You and your children can just go out to your front yard, walk down the side walk or take a jaunt in the parks and fields. There you can all discover some or all of these wonderful plants.
Sad to say that many call them “weeds” but in fact, they are gifts from Spring Time.
Children LOVE picking plants straight from the Earth and eating them up or taking them home to prepare a wonderful salad with. Most children will actually eat the salad with DELIGHT, when they have been the ones to harvest these plants.
Use Chickweed instead of Basil for a great pesto!
Add Miner’s lettuce to your wonderful Spring salads. Can you taste them? What is their texture like?
Cleavers make a fine cold brew tea. This is good if anyone has swollen lymph glands. And, if everyone one is well, just see how they stick to your clothes. They would love to go on a walk with you so they can let their seed babies journey to another place to begin to grow.
What better liver herb and spring cleaner than the Dandelion!!! Put it into your salads to add some bitter herbs in your diet. We never get enough bitters these days.
Important tip: When foraging, avoid places that may have been sprayed with herbicide or are likely to be polluted. Avoid busy roads and areas surrounding old painted buildings because they are likely to be contaminated with lead and other heavy metals.