By Hilde H. Olsen and John Kearney

We would like to get you inspired to start using the coming season’s ultra powerful super food, the wild edible plants just outside your door. This is nature’s treasure food chest and even though it is literally just under your nose, it is wildly disregarded and unknown to people. To the state that people spray them with pesticides, weed them and toss them into the compost. Our goal here at Tuntrelife is to help inspire you to get into your ultimate potential and then these wonderful wild weeds are absolutely worth their weight in gold, and still you do not have to pay for them at all! There are so many benefits to starting to weed and eat them, we will list a few :

  • They are free
  • They are local in just about every continent, if you live in the city center, you still might be able to find them in a park or a natural area.
  • They are highly nutritious, in fact Nettles are some of the most nutritious plants there are, and in case you are wondering, -yes, it is edible!
  • They will help your body detox
  • They will give you an energy boost!
  • Harvesting them gives you fun and exercise
  • Adding them to your diet gives you freedom from buying at the supermarkets.

All these books are amazing in their own ways, we will give you our top 5 rated, which might help you decide which ones suit you the best.

One thing to always remember about wild edibles, if you are not 100 % sure which plant it is, do not eat it!  STAY SAFE!

1.Sergei Boutenko, “Wild Edibles”. We love this book and his book is a must-have! It is fun and filled with info, it has great photos too that helps you identify the different plants and it has recipes that are wonderful! Go directly to our shop here to buy it. This book received 4 1/2 stars from Amazon reviewers.

We are big fans of David Wolf and this is what he had to say about Sergei Boutenko and this book:
“Sergei grew up eating wild foods. He’s extraordinarily qualified to teach us all about the magic and innate vigor of wild edibles. Increase your life force energy and have the best day ever every single day with the knowledge Sergei shares within the pages of this book!” —David Wolfe, author of Eating for Beauty, Superfoods, and Chaga: King of the Medicinal Mushrooms

2. Katrina Blair, “The Wild Wisdom of Weeds”. In this book Katrina Blair looks at 13 different plants for human survival. This book also has tremendous amounts of information. Katrina Blair has studied plants all her life even as a child and she has a very deep understanding of them. Her love of the plants is easy to feel and it overspills to the reader from every page. Lots of wildly tasteful recipes! This book received 4 1/2 stars from Amazon reviewers and it is number 8 on Amazon’s Wild Plants book list.

3. Stephen Barstow, “Around the World in 80 Plants”. Another comprehensive book, with all kinds of information. Stephen Barstow divides the different plants he focuses on after the different continents and you will also find amazing recipes in this book. Some of them will blow your mind with its creativity! Five stars were awarded to this book from Amazon reviewers. According to the book’s publisher, Chelsea Green Publishing, “Stephen Barstow has devoted thirty years to trialing perennial vegetables from around the world. It is unlikely that anyone anywhere has tried as many different species of edible plants – just witness his salad comprising 538 varieties in 2003 – earning him the title of ‘Extreme Salad Man’! Stephen’s garden in Norway has over 2,000 edible plants, and each has an ethnobotanical story to tell.”

4. Gail Harland, “The Weeder’s Digest“. This is great as a beginners book, as it will not overwhelm you with information, and it has great photos to make the identification of the different plants easier. There are also yummy recipes in this book, including instructions for making tasty meadowsweet dessert with cherry sauce and rosebay willowherb scones.

5. John Kallas, “Edible Wild Plants”. This book is last on my list , but it could just as well been on the top, the book is amazing and so comprehensive. John Kallas is one of the people who really has opened people’s eyes to the wonderful world of wild edible plants. This Book got 4 1/2 stars from Amazon reviewers.

Please note, by buying these books through our website you help us to keep Tuntrelife running, and we are so very grateful for that!

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