The Green Goddess Gardening Column/Weekly Press Conversation: Lynn Landes, Founder of the Wild Foodies
Thursday, May 30 at Pine Street Pizza (7 PM)
Lynn is the founder of the Wild Foodies, http://www.meetup.com/Wild-Foodies-of-Philly/, which was founded to learn about and promote the eating of wild foods, which are so much more a part of people's diets in other parts of the world. As some readers may remember, I am a big supporter of eating Dandelion leaves.
I plan to ask Lynn to discuss the group's "simple rules" and the audience is invited to ask questions. The Wild Foodie rules are:
* IDENTIFY IT: Always be sure of what you are eating. If you haven't positively identified it, don't eat it.
* GO SLOW: Don't eat a lot of a plant the first time you taste it. Go slowly and see how your system processes it. You could be allergic to it. Plus, these greens pack a punch, unlike many waterlogged greens sold in stores.
* TOXINS: Don't eat plants that grow in potentially contaminated areas, such as next to roads, former dump sites, current and former industrial areas, etc.. Some plants can taste sweeter if they are growing next to a roadway, but that sweetness could be its lead content!
* OXALIC ACID: Many green plants, including spinach, contain important nutrients, but also oxalic acid. Too much oxalic acid, such as in spinach, is said to interfere with processing calcium and contribute to kidney stones.
* BE CONSIDERATE - Don't forage for food that is scarce. And don't take all the berries! Save some for others - people and wild life.
See you there!
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