During your walks in the woods and meadows, rediscover the pleasures of picking edible wild plants!
Picking is on the rise. It is practiced in your garden of course, but also on country lanes by rediscovering the many edible wild plants that grow along the paths, in meadows, hedges and woods. Leaves, flowers, berries: depending on the plant, one or more parts are consumed, bringing taste, vitamins and a touch of originality to your dishes.
But be careful, to be a good picker, you must respect several rules. Identify the plant precisely first - with a botanical guide, for example. Just take the part that interests you by cutting it, without tearing the whole plant, then. And finally, pick in unpolluted places, far from cultivated fields.
If you need advice, be aware that many nature associations offer initiations in gathering wild plants.
Leaves, flowers, berries ...
Among the plants that are easier to identify are "weeds" such as dandelion, thenettle or plantain, with multiple culinary uses. You may not have to stray far from your garden to collect some!
The young leaves of the dandelion, reminiscent of the rocket, are eaten in salads, just like its flower buds. The leaves ofnettle chopped - rich in minerals - easily replace spinach in an omelet, a pie, a soup ... Ditto for plantain leaves.
In the country hedges, harvest the flowers of elderberry, delicious in donuts and syrup, then in autumn, the berries, to make jam. The same goes for rose hips, the fruits ofRose hips.
Read also: benefits and virtues of rosehips
In the undergrowth, harvest wild garlic to flavor your dishes. You will also find violets, perfect for coloring a fruit salad or flavoring sugar.
Along the country lanes, pick the flowers of the daisies and poppies. The first are eaten in donuts, the second in salads, cakes, confit or syrup.
Find tips and recipes in Isabelle Hunault's book, "Edible wild plants", published by Ulmer.
Visual: Dandelion leaf salad