Become edible plants no-gatherer

During your walks in the woods and meadows, rediscover the pleasures of collecting wild edible plants!

The collection has the wind in its sails. Practice it in its course garden, but also on the country roads rediscovering the many edible wild plants growing along the roads, meadows, hedgerows and woods. Leaves, flowers, berries: according to the plant, one or more parts are consumed, bringing taste, vitamins and a touch of originality to your dishes.

But be careful, to be good header, you must follow several rules. Precisely identify the first plant - with a botanical guide for example. Take just the part you are interested in cutting it, without pulling the whole plant then. And finally pick in unpolluted places, away from cultivated fields.

If you need advice, know that many natural associations offer introductions to the collection of wild plants.

Leaves, flowers, berries ...

Among the easiest plants to identify, we find the "weeds" as dandelion, thenettle or plantain, multiple culinary uses. You may not have to be away from your garden to pick!

The young leaves of dandelion, reminiscent of arugula, are eaten in salads, like its buds. The leaves ofnettle chopped - rich in minerals - Easily replace spinach in an omelette, pie, soup ... Ditto for plantain leaves.

In hedgerows, harvest flowers elderberry, delicious fritters and syrup, then in autumn, berries, to make jam. Same for rosehips, fruits ofWild rose.

In the underbrush, collect wild garlic to flavor your dishes. You will also find purple, perfect to color a fruit salad or flavor sugar.

Along country lanes, pick flowers and daisies poppies. The former consume donuts, second in salads, cakes, candied or in syrup.

Find tips and recipes in the book of Isabelle Hunault, "Edible Wild Plants", published by Ulmer.

L. H.

Visual: Salad of dandelion leaves