Food on the Wild Side

May 13, 2013,
Claire Montanaro

We were a small group led by Dave, a gentle expert in organic gardening and the bounty of the wild. As we wandered through bluebell woods and rough tracks where sheep and people rarely go, far from roads and people-homes, he taught us what abundance lay amongst the weeds and flowers surrounding us all the way, and which would go unnoticed otherwise and we learned, too, the common names by which they used to be known for hundreds of years. There were sorrels and cleavers, tree saps and underground nuts, thistles and nettles, hogweed and meadowsweet, violets and wild strawberries… many gifts to be used for healing or nourishment, or even drinking. Living here where remote places are untouched by pollution and intensive farming is a pleasure not available to many these days, but while the proliferation of wild food is less elsewhere it is nonetheless there, wherever there is countryside or green space. Just to observe the presence of plants that could help us is heartwarming, but it is important to follow certain guidelines if you are thinking of helping yourself to some: for example, respect the property of landowners and ask permission first; be very sparing in what you take  - a leaf here or there added to a salad will make a big difference to it, but taking a lot of leaves or the whole plant could be very damaging to a fragile eco-system; know what you are picking – some plants can be poisonous; and finally but very importantly, ask permission of the plant and thank it for allowing you to harvest it. Dave reminded us, through his generosity in sharing his knowledge, of how nature supports man as well as its fellows. What a shame we have forgotten, so often, to reciprocate. Claire Montanaro is a spiritual teacher, channel and blogger. Loves nature and wildlife. Author of Spiritual Wisdom.]]>

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I am a spiritual teacher, channel and writer with a special interest in esoteric philosophy and the world in transition, who loves nature and wildlife.  My aim is to help your human and soul journey through spiritual wisdom, spiritual connection and the raising of consciousness.

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