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SUPERFOOD

 

I call nettle, dandelion and ground elder my superfoods. They are easy to find and full of vitamins and nutrition. Little species, which are not welcome in gardens where I come from. At home we have a big garden and little weeding work. As soon as these fellows sneak out, they become a meal. Delicious and so easy to pair them in common dishes.

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NETTLE

Foraging period

YOUNG LEAVES: SPRING - SUMMER

SEEDS: SUMMER - AUTUMN

The taste is not particularly appealing, but mixed with different herbs it does boost the other flavours. Blood purifying and - strengthening, therefore good as a spring cure. It lowers blood pressure levels and increases breast milk production.

 

DANDELION

Foraging period

LEAVES: SPRING - SUMMER

BUDS: SPRING - SUMMER

FLOWERS: SPRING - SUMMER

ROOTS: AUTUMN - SPRING

 

The plant does have a bitter taste. Packed with vitamins A, B, C, D and minerals, therefore help combat spring fatigue. The leaves are good against bladder detronation. The root is especially good for digestion.

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GROUND ELDER

Foraging period

LEAVES: SPRING - SUMMER

FLOWERS: END OF SPRING

SEEDS: SUMMER - AUTUMN

 

Lightly spicy in taste and very healthy with a lot of vitamin C. It would strengthen the kidneys. It is also diuretic, de-cramping and soothing.

 

Ground elder soup with green lentils

Fancy a delicious wild soup that is super healthy and green?

 

Course: Soup

Servings: 4

Calories: 90 kcal per serving

Cost: 0,90 € per serving

 

Ingredients

150 grams of green lentils

4 hands ground elder

1 large white onion

2 cloves of garlic

A little olive oil

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp turmeric

Pinch (or two) of black pepper

 

Instructions

  • Fry the onion and garlic with the oil in the pan until it is nice and yellow.

  • Fill the pan with a litre of water, add the lentils and let them simmer for about 20 minutes.

  • After 20 minutes you blend the whole thing.

  • Now add the herbs and ground elder.

  • Puree it all over again, but not all leafy vegetables need to be completely grounded.

  • Add pepper to taste.

 

Enjoy your meal!

Recipe source: www.plantaardiger.nl