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Foraging In Your Back Yard? Sunny Savage Makes This Green Money-Saving Idea Work

Posted Jul 12 2010 6:20am
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Shawna Coronado and Sunny Savage standing in front of Shawna's 500 gallon rain water cistern and fountain at her home garden.

Sunny Savage, host of Hot on the Trail , is a wild foods expert who takes viewers of her television show on foraging adventures to exotic destinations, preparing delicious dishes from found botanicals.

She recently came all the way from her home in Maui, Hawaii to visit my garden and talk about foraging in the back yard. Delightfully enthusiastic, Sunny trekked through my traditional Midwestern garden pointing out many edibles and herbal remedies such as rose hips (tea), catnip (sedative), daylily (stalk, tubers, bud - all edible), echinacea, wild geranium, milkweed, dandelions (flower, leaf, and root - all edible), thistle (root and stems taste like broccoli), oxalis (heart shaped leaves taste lemony), prickly pear, native Solomon's seal (rhyzome is edible), sweet potato vine (roots and greens - edible), and many more.

When she saw the roses in my garden she said, "I love to make tea infusions from many things in the ordinary garden, especially rose hips, simply pour boiling water over the rose hips, letting them steep overnight. Strain the seeds (that have small hairs on them) and leaf material out in the morning, and you will have a beautiful tea infusion."

For 30 years, Sunny has been traveling the world learning all about how wild foods are edible. She has also committed herself and her family to a personal challenge directly aligned with her show's vision: for one year, she will cook and eat only foods grown within 250 miles of her home. What an incredible green idea which can save a lot of money as well as carbon-offset. Sunny's video blog is fascinating, to learn more about Sunny and foraging in your back yard, go to Sunny's blog - http://www.veria.com/sunny-savage-blog.html , and of course, check out her creative new television show - Hot on the Trail .

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