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News Bleep from the Wild - Biotopia # 19 - June 17th, 2012

News Bleep from the Wild - Biotopia - # 19 - June 17th, 2012

Hello my friends of the Wild Greens!    and a Happy Father's day to All !

This is the season: there is 'a plenty a food out there' - this is the season of plenty -

just yesterday I decided to dig up a Burdock plant (Arctium lappa) and I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of the root - it was delicious raw and I wished the root would have been bigger, but I have more plants out in the garden, that are ready.
Burdock is a biennial plant: in its first year it sends out only leaves and in the second year it is growing up and features the blossoms and burrs. June and July are the month to dig up the roots - those roots are extending very deep into the ground, of course depending on the soil conditions and it is quite an adventure to dig them. So, if you have a first year burdock plant - go for the root. It is great raw, but can also be stir fried and
added to soups.
Besides: Burdock has many medicinal properties - it nourishes and cleanses the body. It also cools the system down - so if you are hotblooded and constantly on the go, it will show you how to be a calmer person;
but if you tend to be lethargic and feel easily cold, this plant is not a match for you;... this said, I still recommend trying the root, even if you are the more laid back type - it is very very nourishing - remember the length of the root - amazing.
In some stores you can find the root sold as 'Gobo' - I had bought some in the winter from the Coop - the taste can't compare to that of the fresh harvested root - not at all!

For all those that have done a workshop here at Biotopia, this is just a reminder and for all others it is some pretty cool info :
Red Clover (Trifolium pratensis) has a high content of protein and calcium in its upper parts. The leaves tend to get a bit bitter when the Clover blooms, but the Flower itself can be used in an easy and palatable way: pick yourself a nice amount of Red Clover blossoms and then get your favorite, homemade tomato/pasta sauce simmering and place those blossoms you just picked into the sauce. Let the sauce simmer lightly for another 15-20 minutes and enjoy this 'wild' creation with your Spaghetti or other noodle variety. So, here you have Spaghetti sauce with Clover Blossoms instead of meatballs. Pretty cool, Huh? The first time I ever served this dish up in our family - my two men didn't even taste the difference at first. After knowing the ingredients, they both really liked it - this is a delicious way to get used to the 'Wild Greens'.

You can also add the Clover blossoms to your salad - for this purpose I pick the flowers into smaller pieces for easier chewability (..what a word.. =). If you have obvious cancer in your body, the regular use of Red Clover Tea is encouraged - and for every one else: drink it anyhow or just eat this herb - any Wild Greens have sooo many more nutrients and medicinal value then lettuce or broccoli from any store - (I could go on about the value of our plant sisters and brothers - it is my passion, as you may have noticed...  ;) but I stop here.
Red Clover can be used as a tea for cough as well as whooping cough and is a blood tonic as well as purifier.
The best time to collect Clover for storage is Spring until early Summer - you can freeze the leaves as well as the flower heads - I suggest separately, so you have easy access to those 'meatballs' during autumn and winter. You can also dry both and then store them separately in a glass container in a dark, cool place. When I use dried Clover leaves, I grind them up and add the 'flour' to soups or add them to cookies, cereal, home baked bread. The dried flowers easily get re-hydrated once you add them to the tomato sauce.
Can you eat the White Clover (Trifolium repens) plants? for sure! This Clover is a bit harder in its texture - and if you look closely at its growth pattern and where is tends to grow, you will know why .... (with this I leave you to find out for yourself).

The Blue Elderberries (Sambucus caerulea)  are in bloom now - you can pick the umbrella like flowers, dip them in pancake dough and fry them out in a frying pan and eat your treat/breakfast from the stalk. For younger and older kids pretty exciting.
Dried Elderberry flowers are good to have at hand during the winter month - especially if you or your loved ones have a cold coming on: make a tea with these flowers and the body will be sweating the infection right out. Dry some flowers and store them in a glass jar in a dark and preferably cool place - ready for winter usage.
My Grandma used to make us kids a lemonade from the Elderberry flowers using only water, lemon, sugar and the flowers. It was ready when we came to visit her for our summer vacation - can you see why we loved to go to that Grandma?
A word of caution: the use of the Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) is being discouraged, it is mentioned as being poisonous. Those Elderberry bushes have already bloomed and are setting on fruits - and the appearance of the flower head is very different from the Blue Elderberries: later on the fruit will be easily distinguished by the color....

! We got berries ! The first berries and plums are ripe - our friend the Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis) shows her orange and when older even red berries. You can make them into jelly, pie fillings and wine or just enjoy them raw - the latter is what I do - and I eat some of the flowers, they make a lovely addition to any salad. The Indians also gather young stem sprouts, peel them and eat them mostly raw - gotta try it. If the berries you pick taste 'insipid', then find another bush - they can be quite tasty! it just depends on the 'clan'.

And the Indian Plum (Oemleria cerasiformis) is also ready in some spots - I bet that the plums are ready in Olympia and even Yelm - we up here are in a peculiar spot - today when I gardened, I found some bird poop on the bed with several plum pits in it - birds eat the plums only when they are purplish - I like them in any stage, but prefer the soft purple = ripe stage. Birds love these plums and if you are faster, you can pick a lot and make jelly from it. Last year I dried some, but was disappointed with the end product: there was not much left besides the large pit. The native Indians used a tea from the inner bark as a tonic.

So: What do Hummingbirds eat? Personally I had seen these little jewels only sucking on the feeder or on flowers. First time I asked myself the before mentioned question was when I sat under 'my' Cedar and I heard that humming sound above me in the trees - what in the world was Hummingbird doing in the forest? I looked it up and found out, that Hummingbirds do eat insects for their own and their offsprings protein supply.

and do you remember the question: How do you enter the forest?
have you noticed? when you enter the forest the birds stop singing - all of a sudden, especially if their had been a concert in the forest, it is quiet and/or some birds sound their alarm calls, which are pretty loud ---- it is like this:
when you throw a rock into a body of water - you see ripples and concentric rings forming - that is exactly what we are doing, when we are in e-motion:

with our emotions. whichever they are, and our motions we are sending out concentric rings - .... this is how we are sending our 'ripples' into the forest and all entities are responding to it -
now:  how can we enter in a more natural way?
just stop ! before you enter the forest - stay there still for a moment, ask permission to enter - or mentally announce that you are coming as a friend and take your time to wait for a response -
wait until the birds stop alarming and start to sing again.... and then proceed slowly! and aware - be all eyes, ears and all your senses, including the sixth sense and up ....
this becomes more and more apparent to me - the more time I spent outside - especially at my sit spot in the forest.  (wonna have quantum leaps? this is one way......)

The following is from "Coyote's Guide to connecting with Nature":

"Observing and understanding (the) meaning in subtle patterns of sound and behavior can be applied (...) to the rest of human life. As each person learns to be still and listen to the tones that reflect the moods of sensitive wild things, an awareness grows for the disturbances that they and others cause. People will eventually realize that their moods - fears or angers, impulsiveness or hesitancies - send off concentric rings of disturbance, both in the natural and human worlds."                                                            

....And you thought I wouldn't write about mushrooms this time .... :) here they are: I just got an article from 'Underground Health report' about the 'new' Superfood called 'Mushroom' - it describes specifically the common button mushroom -
and I say from the bottom of my heart: any edibles mushroom will do - if you have a different opinion or - better even - knowledge, please reply to me = thank you !

here is the link (cut and paste):

And one more: Going Barefoot is now called Earthing - there is a transfer of free electrons from the Earth to your body happening - this electron transfer helps to beneficially change your heart rate, decrease skin resistance and inflammation, improves sleep and slows the aging process.  You can find more info at Dr. Mercola's website, in his article about the dangers of taking Aspirin =
"Aspirin's mostly unrecognized connection to serious medical problems" from June 17th, 2012

"Earthing causes your blood to flow more easily and your blood pressure to drop"
Now: Place those beautiful feet of yours in direct contact with our Mother Earth =)

When is the next workshop being offered? No set dates at the moment -
if you want to have an introduction into the Wild Food World and/or like to dive even deeper into this mystery, then contact me - either via e-mail or phone -
we'll arrange a day and time for immersion into the natural world and her bounty; one on one or in small groups, here or at your place.
I am also available for private consultations on your land.
Check out our website:                          

If you would like to have a specific plant identified - e-mail me a close-up picture and include the location where it grows - I'll get back to you.

until our next meeting :

be well, wild and only the best !

from Christine and family at Biotopia - Farm & Forage

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