Hi, Heather. Yes indeed, so many people seem to be so disconnected from their environment, like my friend years ago who really didn't realize that there are other options for brownies than what comes in a box, and who was preparing a veg-and-dip tray and throwing away her broccoli stems because she had no idea they could be used for anything. One hopes the general consciousness is changing.
I'm kind of hoping for one of the books on edible weeds being given away this week but not because we don't have a number of such books already, beginning with Euell Gibbons's "Stalking the Wild Asparagus" and, most recently, a volume from the local library about edible weeds and such in western Canada. I was going to put together a list here but suspect I'd better get about my chores. The internet is a lovely tool for all of us.
Did we all just get conned into thinking we have to go to a store and BUY greens and follow RECIPES? My husband and I have gotten to the point where we look at the ground almost anywhere -- in the yard, in the alley, on a hike, whatever -- and think YUM! DINNER!
I'm not quite sure how this works, but I hope I'm in the running for your book, which I didn't know about until this minute. A friend in the UK started talking about sea kale and other perennial veg, and I've read up a bit and not been able to find seeds in this country. Perhaps you can help me? So far we're very into dandelion greens and purslane mixed and cooked, maybe with something from the onion family and bacon fat, and we look forward to branching out.
Thanks for your work!
What a great topic! We started using the purslane from the alley behind the house (not a very busy alley) and I now put it into everything, both raw and cooked. And cooked with dandelion greens and onion or whatever, it lessens the bitterness. So many recipes make things sound fiddly and difficult, so I'm just grateful to know what's not poisonous and I invent my own "messipes"; they're never the same twice but always interesting.
I just discovered you and am kind of new here and I love browsing on your site but would have difficulty focusing on any one workshop to participate in. Permaculture and perennial veg and mason bees and so on are all new to me, so I'm mostly looking into new books and trying out new things. Might this not be true for LOTS of people?