Humans need to eat. Some people buy their food. Some grow it in their garden. People at yunity usually save food. We go dumpster diving or have cooperations with supermarkets, farmer's markets, bakeries and so on. But there is also a lot of food growing just like that outside on the streets, in forest, in parks, almost everywhere. It is a huge variety!
People nowadays usually see these herbs as pest plants. But they are not!
Wild herbs are very important for the nature as they maintain the biodiversity and are nutrition for bees, other insects and humans. People used to harvest these herbs as they do not need any gardening support or care. Wild herbs are not bred. Normally wild herbs have a stronger and more intensive taste which makes them really good for cooking. And you can also just snack them while lying somewhere outside (maybe during some outdoor-lamâshing?).
It is important to save wasted food and this food is our main food supply but wild herbs are so healthy and delicious (and for free of course) that we want to spread the knowledge about them. And also to make people appreciate mother nature a bit more.
I, Anja Konhäuser, really want to thank Sylvia at this point, as she actually initiated the motivation and curiosity about the wild herbs and started to teach us what she knows about them.
On this page we can collect information about wild herbs or garden herbs that we know and that are available in central Europe (if they only grow in specific climatic areas, please note it). Also stick to an alphabetic order to maintain a clear arrangement.
What is important to know:
- the english name
- a good picture
- what to use from the plant (e.g. roots, leaves, blossoms, ...)
- what the plant can be used for (tea, salad, fried, ...)
What is also nice to know about the plant:
- the german name (also any other language is great)
- the season the plant grows
- which part of the plant to use during which season
- which plants are similar but might be poisonous
- what the effects of the plants are (like medical treatments)
- at which places the plant usually grows
- informations about the nutrition (vitamins, minerals, ...)
What to consider when you go to pick wild herbs:
- take a knife or scissors so you don't damage the plant unecessarily
- take a robust paper bag or a box with a lid to store the plants (they are easily squeezed or parched)
- gloves are useful when picking stinnging or skin-irritating plants.
- take a scoop if you need some roots (do not bunk off plants by violent)
- only collect as much as you really need
- always leave some plants at the location to maintain their contiunance
- take care if there are insects on the plant, you might leave them where they belong