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For Logan Cox, there is food all around you.
The executive chef of Ripple in Washington, DC, says take a look at the ground and most of it is available for your consumption - so don't be afraid to dig in.
"All of these items should be thoroughly washed in cold water two or three times before using. Avoid lawns or places that use chemicals," says Cox.
"The more brush, the better. If foraging in wild places, bring a book, guide, or a smart phone that has the Google Goggles App to confirm what you find. "
Five Lesser Known Edible Items To Find in Backyards or Nearby Wooded Areas: Logan Cox
The leaves are teardrop-shaped and the stems are tender and long, I've pulled up chickweed stems well over four feet long. More of a sprawling weed, it does not grow upwards. It's very mild in flavor, reminiscent of cucumber, with a mild acidic finish.
It's great for garnishing lighter fare and grilled or roasted fish. If you have a surplus, sauté chickweed with olive oil and use in place of watercress or mint."
2. Wood sorrel
The leaves are heart-shaped. It is exceedingly delicious on raw fish, or anything that might need that bright and sweet lemony tang."
During the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt insinuated that so long as there were catfish in the rivers and dandelions in the fields, no American should go hungry.
I have eaten these cooked, in a salad, and used it as a garnish on charcuterie."
5. Greater Plantain
The younger leaves are not as strong and more tender than the adult leaves. The stems are used for tea and traditional medicinal purposes like tisane."
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