Spring is in the air and free ingredients abound! Say what? Yep, there is free food and ingredients every where if you just pay attention!
Jellies and jams can be made by what most call "weeds" and all those flowering trees can add to the pantry as well. You just need to do a bit of research and you can find all kinds of recipes for things that are out in your yard. Violets, dandelions, redbud, lilacs, roses, nasturtium, marigold, yarrow, crab apples, honeysuckle, peonies and even all those weeds that drive you crazy in the yard and flower beds.
You can use thistle, borage, purslane, lamb's quarters, chickweed and even stinging nettle for different things. You can simply type in "edible weeds" in your search engine and find out all kinds of wonderful information and uses.
God has told us He put everything on this earth that we need to nourish and heal our bodies. Maybe we should pay more attention. Natural is the best in my book.
I have made dandelion jelly in the past (tastes honey like) and I have made peony jelly (has a light floral taste) and have also made violet jelly. I pick and use purslane in salads. I have made honeysuckle jelly years ago when I had a flourishing vine. My brother often has dandelion greens in the spring. Mom made those when I was a kid. Back then they used whatever they had to feed families.
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Many 'weeds' or herbs can be used in teas and in tinctures and lotions of all sorts. They are quite beneficial. Next time you go to a health store - look around - I bet you find several of these yard pests on the herb aisle! These things aren't cheap to purchase - but they thrive in nature.
Flowering weeds - please DON'T kill!!! They are the first flowering items each spring and they feed the bees. We so NEED the bees - they make our gardens possible by pollination.
So never overlook the yard for ingredients. I seriously hope you do some research on what is useable and edible in the way of flowers and weeds. It truly could save someone if they were hungry or ill!
Nature is a wonderous thing. Not only is it pretty - but it can benefit us in so many ways.