This is how my ancestors must have felt, I thought, while tramping with my boots through the local park, hunting for edibles!
Stone and sling are replaced by an Iphone in 2014. According to my Wild Pluk Wijzer app, my favourite nuts are lying around here, for free! As a newbie to this wild picking, a Google session showed what to look for: roundish leaves. I accomplished my mission.
A few hours later, I am eating apple pie with made with wild walnuts… and apples I picked on the way back home from the park. A cup of nettle tea from Mother Nature on the side. The idea of having gathered the major ingredients myself, made it taste ten times better than a supermarket-based apple pie.
Wild Pluk Wijzer
Wild Pluk Wijzer is a website that tells you where to find wild sources of goodness, in your area! Enter your address and the map will reveal the hotspots. I bet there is a similar concept in many other countries, if not, maybe develop an app!
With all the edibles in the wild, we could feed a whole village! But sadly enough, we lose lots of fabulous fruits, teas, nuts, mushrooms, etc. due to our lack of education and the muzzy reputation of wild edibles, no one eats it!
There is a silly stigma that makes wild picking seem to be dangerous and a medieval activity for happy hippies and witches. But I think wild picking is actually sooo 2014! The products are free and as fresh as possible! It is the ultimate sustainable way of living and most important: it is packaging free!
Oh and if in the worse case scenario you ever end up in the wild: you know how to survive!
Since I found out about wild picking my days are never more the same. I am on a constant hunt! While I ride my bike I scan all the trees, hoping to suddenly bump into another undiscovered hazelnut tree – I studied the leaves online, so I know what to look for.
Foraging for food in the wild: 5 tips
1. always take an extra bag with you to pack unexpected edible discoveries
2. study leaves of trees so you can identify the edible trees
3. don’t eat things that you aren’t certain of as some might contain serious poisonous components
4. do not pick along roads with high traffic or along busy streets, food might be contaminated with exhaust fumes, dog pie or herbicides
5. document your founds for next year!
Beechnut are my new beloved edibles! I mix them in my breakfast in the morning and in salad for diner. Oh and acorns (or oak nuts) are awesome too! Did you know that during harsh times in history, acorns were used to make coffee out of? I even saw it on the menu of a new hip café here in the Netherlands last week. I bet soon it’s the new star in the superfood scene! 😉
Here is the recipe:
1. pick the acorns – this is how the tree looks
2. crack the acorns with a nutcracker (if you don’t have one: cut the top off with a little knife so you can split it manually)
7. take 1,5 coffee spoon of the powder, add 1 cup water and leave it boiling for a while
8. filter with coffee filter or sieve into your cup
9. add cacao, cinnamon or milk
10. Celebration time! Your super sustainable self-made cup of acorn coffee is ready to drink!