The Wild Wisdom of Weeds
13 Essential Plants for Human Survival
- ISBN: 9781603585163
- 2015, k.A.
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The Wild Wisdom of Weeds is focusing on foraging and utilizing 13 edible wild plantsdandelion, mallow, purslane, plantain, thistle, amaranth, dock, mustard, grass, chickweed, clover, lambsquarter, and knotweed. The author Katrina Blair teaches readers methods of preparation from root to seed, including sprouting, fermenting, drying, and cooking. Celebrating their uses both as food and medicine, her words point us to the wild wisdom of these plants. Along with her infectiously joyous prose, you will find over 100 unique recipes for processing and preparing these wisdom plants. Found all over the world, they are powerful succession plants, because they freely sow and self-propagate in a wide variety of conditions unacceptable to other species. This book in turn makes them free and accessible to everyone, a gift from nature.
Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens, when she camped out alone for a summer with the intention of eating primarily wild foods. She later wrote The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains for her senior project at Colorado College, where she graduated with a biology degree. In 1997, she completed an MA from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA, in holistic health education. Blair founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1998, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate the connections between personal health and wild lands. She has taught sustainable living practices through John F. Kennedy University, San Juan College in Farmington, NM, and Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. She teaches internationally at retreats, festivals, and educational and healing events. She is also the author of a self-published cookbook.