The Annex, Toronto
Walk and Eat Well
As a walker who prefers moving through green spaces, I can’t help noticing the plants to either side of me. For instance, I’m noticing the very invasive garlic mustard with its tiny white flowers. It’s supposed to be fairly good for the health and all agree that it gives off a spicy bite to a tossed salad. It’s also good as a pesto when prepared like basil. The problem with it is that it takes over the forest floor.
Stingy nettle is also making its appearance in the foresty ravine. This wild veg taste even better than spinach. When forging it it’s advisable to have long sleeves and maybe even use gloves since the leaves have a prickly dynamic. Once it’s boiled or cooked those tiny needles just dissolve.
Also magical at this time are dandelions. The flower tops are excellent as pakoras. I turned our cook, Dwarkanatha, on to this. He tried some and churned out a few from the kitchen. My God!Delicious! I’m also encouraging him to use the young leaves in salad.
It happened that one of our wonderful couples from Oakville showed up with a bag full of fiddleheads, which are also now good for the harvest. Kasyapa and Panchami were kind to deliver. I guess in their native Gujarat this fern may not be so common but it is quite in abundance in shaded areas around here. Our cook received the stock. He cooked them with some potatoes and even he admitted they are scrumptious. It was his first time.
Eating local wild veggies along with the practice of walking build up your resistance to nasty viruses. We offer the food to Krishna and you’ve got the best consecrated food.
May the Source be with you!