By Hilde and John Kearney
Photos by Hilde Kearney
Seriously, -THISTLE? And eating it? That is just plain insane! Or is it?
This amazing plant which is also the national plant of Scotland, for reasons very evident to understand looking at what the Scottish have gone through in past history, deserves our attention and its place in the spotlight today! Thistle is a prickly plant, with beautiful purple flowers that seem so hostile, and still, it has amazing healing properties for us if we know how to use it. The thistle belongs to the large and economically important plant family of Asteraceae. This is the same family that the sunflower and the artichoke belong too — this explains why it has such large economic value. The Dandelion is also a part of this family although it can’t rival the economic value of other members from the family, it certainly holds extraordinary healing properties for us.
This juice we would like to share with you today, is one of our favorite juice recipes, and we use it a lot here at our home. It is great for many reasons, of course, it tastes great, and it is a great way to hydrate and filling up the body with liquids, but also it alkalizes the tissues and makes you FEEL great. As it alkalizes and helps restore your body, it aids your body in getting rid of these toxins and waste. It is known to support the liver, the kidneys, and the digestive system. It is also known as a survival food, if you are out in the wilderness, and if you find yourself in a situation where it is hard to get to fresh water, then the thistle will be your best friend! It’s root is like a cucumber, filled with water and nutrition to keep you going. Just peel it and eat it. The whole plant of the thistle, although prickly, it is edible.
THISTLE JUICE (OR SMOOTHIE)
Now if you do not have a juicer, please don’t despair, you can easily make this a smoothie instead. Just add it all into the blender, there will not be any prickly bits as you swallow if you blend it properly!
FRESH JUICE FROM THISTLE, MINT, LEMON, CELERY STALK AND GLORIOUS APPLES
1 peeled lemon, or 1/4 unpeeled organic lemon
1 handful fresh mint
1 – 2 handfuls freshly wild harvested Thistle
1 – 4 stalks of celery