I’m getting excited about starting some tours this year. I thought I’d start putting some notes out about the process. I want everybody following me to know that I do plan on several tours this year. I will be out foraging and learning myself quite a bit as well but many of those trips will be spur of the moment. I will also have many planned trips for those interested in learning. This post is to explain some details about what to expect with those classes.
Each planned outdoor class will run for several hours and may even take up half a day. There is a lot to show and a lot to learn while we are out there and I hope that those who come will be serious and have a desire to learn. You may not want to bring young children but if you do be sure to have some food and water for them (as for yourself) and something to keep them entertained. these forages are not always fun for kids and we will be talking about specifics of identifying plants. It’s a lot of learning stuff. 🙂
We will likely learn to identify several different plants while we are out and then spend time as a group individually discussing those plants and searching for them to be sure we can tell the differences and identify plants correctly.
I do not know how to identify all of the hundreds of thousands of plants that exist in Utah but I hope to be able to learn continually about many of those that are useful and to share that knowledge. I’d like to leave a list here of some items that are helpful when coming on these tours and classes.
- Water to drink
- Snacks to keep you and kids happy
- Wild edibles books
- Notepad or electronic device to take notes
- Spray bottle to clean foraged foods
- Small shovel or pick
- White plastic bags or small buckets for collection
Stay in touch for upcoming events and classes and email me if you have any questions or information to share. Mike@WildeUtahEdibles.com.
According to Wikipedia when it comes to edible plants the most important part of the plant is the seeds followed by the roots. As we are out foraging this is an important part of the plant that we need to pay attention to. Cereals are a huge part of our diet and that means these grass seeds should not be ignored but instead we should find a way to harvest them.
Seeds can be eaten in different ways. The most common ways we eat seeds are as cereals and bread. By cereals I don’t mean cheerios and other similar processed foods. I’m talking about the way we originally ate cereals before we started ruining all our grains. Think 6 grain cereal mix, oatmeal, grits and cracked wheat. That is what I am talking about when I mention cereals. Incidentally, rice also falls into this category. Many grass seeds if not all can be eaten after being boiled like you would with rice. You can eat them as a cereal cracked or whole.
The other way we eat cereals or grass grains is as flour. We dry and grind these seeds into flour and then mix them to make bread. This has also been done since the beginning of man. Think about the many varieties of breads available. Some have whole seeds in them while others will use the seed as flour.
Perhaps one of the hardest parts of using grass seed in our diet is the collection of the seed. Many grass seeds are very small and therefore difficult to harvest. If we are going to use them as part of our diet then we need to find a way to collect the seeds efficiently so they can be used. These seeds can be eaten when green or dried but like wheat they wil usually be easier to harvest when dry. Hulling the seed is one of the steps we have to figure out and this can often be done through a process of simply rubbing the seeds against a surface that will break the hull and chaff away from the seed.
I’ll put more in here when I get time but there are tons of other sites offering great insights on this stuff.