I'm about to explode from excitement after seeing little bits of green sprouting up here and there. Two of my favorite wild gre...

Make Your Own Wild Herbal Vinegar

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I'm about to explode from excitement after seeing little bits of green sprouting up here and there. Two of my favorite wild greens are starting to show their leaves right now, chickweed (Stellaria spp. [spp. is a botanical abbreviation meaning "species," used right now because there's several different species of that genus around here]) and ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare). They're both super tasty and packed with vitamins and minerals. You can taste the amazing vitality, eating them right out of the wild ground. 

Another great way to get the nutrition out of these and other wild greens is to make your own herbal vinegar. Other plants work great for this, too, like pine needles and ramp leaves (I can't wait).

Directions for Making Herbal Vinegars

  1. Pour apple cider vinegar over fresh and/or dried herbs in a glass jar, at least one inch above the 
  2. top of the herbs.
  3. Add a chopped clove of garlic or some wild onion tops and/or bulbs for extra kick and nutrients. 
  4. Cover and place in a stable environment. 
  5. Shake daily for 2-6 weeks. 
  6. Strain.
Combine one tablespoon of vinegar with a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of cayenne pepper for a daily tonic. This is also great mixed with oil for salad dressings, added to soups, used as a marinade, dashed over cooked greens (my fave) or given away as a gift. Apple cider vinegar is a health tonic, undergoing lots of current research for uses like lowering cholesterol, helping with digestion, and balancing blood sugar.
 
Let me know how it goes and what wild concoctions you come up with. Happy wildcrafting!
Ox-eye daisy greens

Chickweed



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2 comments:

  1. Hmmm, that's the difference between NC and MA. The only chickweed is in the greenhouse, and no daisy greens yet. A few garlic mustard leaves, though.

    Thanks for this lovely post!

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    1. Bummer, Iris! Well, at least it gives you something to look forward to :) I hope you see more greens soon!

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