Meet Yaron Sherman our foraging guide
Mustard: Our first encounter
The seeds are used for spices and for garnishing your hot dog, but many people are unaware that the leaves are also a delicious and zingy addition to a green salad. Moreover, both the leaves and seeds have traditionally been used as an anti-inflammatory, to relieve inflammation of the joints and ear infections, and against kidney stones.
Sidewalk salad: Wild mustard in full bloom
Fennel: Our second encounter
The tour with Yaron and a raw food group, lead by Netta, last week, Sunday,, March 1st, extended from 9 pm for 4 hours in Moshav Matta. At 2:30 P.M. when I arrived home I appreciated my bed awaiting me. I was exhausted. Came home with many lovely sprigs of wild asparagus.
Wild Asparagus: A taste sensation
The tour included introduction to wild edible plants , foraging for food and preparation of salad and tea with plants that we found.
The cost of the tour was by donation (recommended donation was 50 nis).
A little bit about Yaron:
He has been researching the field of usable wild plants of Eretz Yisrael for about ten years , I give lessons to groups and individuals in nature ,
we studied the different uses of wild plants , which parts can be used in what season of the year.
there are some areas of uses , such as food , medicine , art etc. His expertise is wild food. This is a link to his facebook page in hebrew which contains pictures and information about what he does :
We meet near the soccer field in moshav matta and parked passed the soccer field.
Yaron Sherman phone for your convenience 0527400587
This, the work-horse of native Israeli herbage, grows freely throughout urban areas and is known for its culinary and medicinal versatility. It promotes healthy digestion and is an effective treatment for blisters and coughs.
Mallow can be served in salads and soups or stuffed like cabbage. It also makes a snack on the run, when you find one growing in a crack in the pavement by the bus stop after skipping breakfast.
Mallow is so widespread and nutritious that it almost single-highhandedly sustained the residents of Jerusalem during the siege of 1948.
Nutritious mallow can be identified by its mauve flowers. In fact, the French name for mallow is the source of the word mauve.
Freshly picked chickweed has a very pleasant flavor and is a nice addition to any salad. It won’t add much to the size of your salad but my herbal healing teacher, Gadit Dvorkind, said it is potent for internal cleansing and preventing skin diseases, arthritis and other problems thought to be related to excess build-up of toxins in the body.
Chickweed spotted thriving in the wild
Capers: We see them everywhere
We have one of these growing in the wall above the door to our building’s bomb shelter, but I thought that this photo of a caper bush growing in the Western Wall was a more interesting sight. These capers, which seem cozily at home in Jerusalem-Stone wall cracks of any kind, are easily pickled in salt water and then enjoyed in many fancy French dishes, salads or on top of bagels & lox.
According to Nissim Krispil, one of the foremost experts on the healing plants of Israel, capers have been used to treat open wounds, hearing loss and toothaches.
Caper bushes growing in the Western Wall.
Do our prayerful tears give a head-start on the pickling process?
This is only a tiny fraction of the useful and tasty plants of Israel I found today as I walked a
I haven’t even tried these healing plants of Israel, yet I can feel their powers working alread
Stinging Nettle: They are growing everywhere. (From Web MD), Stinging nettle is used for many conditions, but so far, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether or not it is effective for any of them.
Stinging nettle root is used for urination problems related to an enlarged prostate(benign prostatic hyperplasia [BPH]). These problems include nighttime urination, too frequent urination, painful urination, inability to urinate, and irritable bladder.
Stinging nettle root is also used for joint ailments, as a diuretic, and as an astringent.
Stinging nettle leaf parts are used along with large amounts of fluids in so-called “irrigation therapy” for urinary tract infections (UTI), urinary tract inflammation, and kidney stones (nephrolithiasis). The leaves are also used for allergies, hayfever, and osteoarthritis.
Some people use the leaves of stinging nettle for internal bleeding, including uterine bleeding, nosebleeds, and bowel bleeding. The above ground parts are also used for anemia, poor circulation, an enlarged spleen, diabetes and other endocrine disorders, stomach acid, diarrhea and dysentery, asthma, lung congestion, rash and eczema, cancer, preventing the signs of aging, “blood purification,” wound healing, and as a general tonic.
In foods, young stinging nettle leaves are eaten as a cooked vegetable.
In manufacturing, stinging nettle extract is used as an ingredient in hair and skin products.
Stinging nettle leaf has a long history of use. It was used primarily as a diuretic and laxative in ancient Greek times.
Making Phyllo Dough triangles for MiShloch Monot Standard individual triangle method
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