I’ve had a lot of interest in sharing my experience with wild edibles and so have started doing more tours. I will continue to add content on the blog, site and youtube for the tours and information. I am thrilled there is so much interest and I think this is valuable knowledge. I wanted to share a little bit about some of our recent finds with the edibles tours in the desert west of Utah Lake. One of the recent things that I have been sharing is the grass seed that is available. One of our most important sources of plant food is grains or cereals. The seeds of the plant are the most valuable food resource for us. This is a huge important item for us to recognize and forage. Evan near town we often see fields full of wild wheat, jointed goatgrass or wild barley as well as many other grasses that have edible seeds.
Anytime you get near where man has farmed you will find wild grains that have blown and have been deposited. These grasses can provide more sustenance for you than you might think. Tatia Nelson pointed out this past week on our tour the importance of eating the seed sprouted. I have done sprouted wheat and other sprouts over the years and know that this process of sprouting the seed does increase the nutritional value sometimes as much as 100 times. Many of the grass seeds you will find with wild grasses are small and sprouting the seed may be one of the best ways to get nutrition from the seed.
Here are some images of the wild winter wheat we found on our most recent tours.