5 Easy Ways To Start Wild Foraging
- We harvest wild thyme from Central Otago in the summer. Anyone that has visited Central Otago will know it gets the hottest summers and the coldest winters and this massive variety of temperature and climate makes the thyme that grows there incredibly strong and the active constituent within it (thymol) super potent and effective. This is why we use thyme in our Chest Tonic, Vira Elixir and Throat Spray
3. Have A Look In Your Backyard
If you want to start wild foraging, the easiest place to start is your very own backyard. What you find might surprise you! Plants that you think are weeds might actually have not only a nutritional, but medicinal value as well. Common plants that you see around are:
Chickweed - amazingly rich in nutrients. It grows low to the ground, the green plant is often intertwined with tiny star like white flowers (the Latin name is Stellaria media which comes from the fact that the tiny white flowers resemble stars). You can use it in pestos, green sauces or in skin care as it is really helpful for irritated skin.
Culinary plants like parsley, mint, sage, dill and fennel are easy to grow and can be used to bulk out meals like soups, broths, sausage rolls or salads.
Nettle - another great mineral rich plant. Nettle is great for helping with plant based iron and minerals due to its long roots that reach deep into the soil. Nettle can be used in teas, cooking (crackers/fritters etc) and also in skin care to support healthy skin. There is a native nettle here in NZ that should not be picked as it is dangerous so make sure you identify the right plant.
Cleavers which are predominantly around in spring are great to support the body’s natural detoxification pathways as well as supporting clearer skin.
Calendula flowers are great to add to salads and baking for extra colour. You can make a fresh tea from the petals or add into a vinegar to help support your digestive and skin systems.