Wild herbs: what can they do?
It used to be considered a little quirky to go out picking herbs. However, many people have now rediscovered regional wild plants and they are experiencing a real boom as local superfoods. No wonder, because not only are they particularly tasty, but also rich in vitamins and minerals.
Did you know? By definition, wild herbs are herbaceous plants that do not lignify, are edible and have not been specially bred.
If you want to pluck the more tender leaves from the nettle, you should start looking in spring. There are still some young shoots in autumn, but in the third season the real stars come. These are also called ‘nuts’ and are popular because of their high protein content. They are supposed to prevent tiredness and poor concentration. They also provide valuable nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C and E as well as potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron. A real superfood!
Tip: Wear gloves when collecting and avoid the stinking hair touching your skin. To try the seeds, it is best to place them on kitchen paper or a linen cloth for two to three weeks.
What is the best way to store wild herbs?
Picking is just the beginning! Now it is a matter of making these small, green treasures last. Basically, keep them in the same way you’d keep other kitchen herbs. They keep for a few days in the fridge. Freezing is also an option.
If you would like to dry the herbs, hang them upside down in bunches. Do you have a dehydrator? Then you can use it to dry these little wonder plants.
Recipe for a delicious (autumn) herb salt
Let your creativity run free and create a delicate wild herb salt for your own use or as a gift for your loved ones! To do this, dry your herbal finds. Then you can chop them up with the food processor and use coarse sea salt in a mortar to make herbal salt. The proportion of salt to herbs can vary depending on taste. Usually, the salt makes up 50 to 80% of the mixture.
Tip: You can of course use well-known culinary herbs such as lovage, oregano or thyme. Dried pieces of garlic or garlic powder are also excellent in herbal salt.