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I just had the pleasure of spending a couple days in San Francisco. I went on a walk through one particular neighborhood and could have had lunch: fields of wild fennel, mustard greens, dandelion, nettles and a whole lot more spilled out onto the path. There is a lot of wild and delicious food sprouting up, but as I came back to Minnesota, where the evenings are still dropping to the 32, the bounty is still a little ways off. Looking fondly forward, I wanted to share a video that I made last summer about the wild greens available in the backyard.
Of all the topics I covered in Minnesota over the last year, foraging may have sparked my interest the most. It turns a simple walk into a treasure hunt and a free for all shopping trip. Well not a complete free for all as you have to be careful not to over harvest some plants. Other varieties you can harvest to your hearts content – particularly the invasive species. Two ubiquitous and invasive plants that love my backyard are garlic mustard and pig weed (a form of Amaranth).
In this video I create a dish out of the good food that you might be weeding from your garden. After watching, I encourage you to go out and look for some of the plants (if you haven’t already). Just make sure you check a guide before eating, many poisonous and edible plants look very similar, so its always best to stay on the safe side.