I eat for FREE by living off wild plants – what’s safe to dine on & what isn’t | The Sun
THE best way to ensure that ingredients in your food are all natural; get them from nature.
30-year-old tiktoker Alexis Nikole has been grocery shopping in her backyard since she was a little girl.
Whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Alexis eats every meal for free. The skilled scavenger forages for plants, leaves, nuts, and flowers to make every meal.
Long before there were supermarkets, our ancestors were foraging. According to BBC Good Food, "foraging is the act of gathering wild food for free."
From peony water, to baking with cattail pollen dust, pine cone jam, and soup made from violets, Alexis is an expert when it comes to finding the right weeds to make delicious dishes.
In this video, Alexis is featured making dinner for her and a friend.
She uses feral chives, dandelions, plantain leaves, clover, field garlic, and dead-nettle to make "wild green soup" and "field garlic parathas".
While there are plenty of weeds that are safe to eat and cook with, there are some that are not.
Several species of plants look similar to one another, but this doesn't mean that both should be ingested.
In a video captioned "Dangerous Lookalike Time", Alexis explains how prostrate spurge and purslane grow next to each other and look identical.
Purslane can be eaten, but spurge will make you purge. The way you tell them apart: when you break a piece of spurge, milky sap comes out.
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Other cautionary weeds include Virginia creeper, hemlock, angel's trumpet, morning glory, poke weed, moon seed, and caster bean plant, according to Backpacker.
Alexis's number one rule to foraging; do your research and always try a little bit first.
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