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Ezra the Forager

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My friend Jacqui told be about her boyfriend's nephew Ezra: a young man who took plant foraging very seriously. I was impressed by his dedication and passion to this ancient practice. I hope you are inspired by the possibilities of young people showing such respect and joy for the natural world.

 

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the idea of becoming completely sustainable. Not having to rely on major companies to give me the food I eat has always seemed desirable to me, and foraging is such a fulfilling way of doing so.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about foraging, and teaching the world about foraging. It is the first way we sustained ourselves and is in all of our genetics. It is food in its raw form, and its most powerful

What are your favorite plants to forage?

#1 favorite thing to forage- Wood Nettle. I love it because it' a challenge to find, but once you do, you are rewarded with its wonderful taste. It also grows in large patches where it does grow, so its even more satisfying once you find it

#2 Serviceberries. They were one of my first foraged items, and therefore are one of my favorite. In season, they have many times prevented me from turning my homework in on time

#3 Lambs Quarters. Available most of the time, incredibly delicious, and just all around a great food.

                                                                                         Serviceberries

                                                                                         Serviceberries

 

What project/s are you working on right now?

I am not working on a lot right now. Winter is a bit of a dead time for me with foraging, so I'm just waiting it out for the spring.

What keeps you going when you’re “stuck”?

When I get stuck, I often find I just need time to think it over or just keep on trying. The thought of success will keep me trying, If it is something worth putting my time into.

How do you take care of yourself?

I take care of myself my walking, staying active, and eating well (Maybe a bit too much sugar)

What qualities about yourself work to your advantage? (What do you like about yourself?)

I like my determination, my leadership skills, and my foraging knowledge 

What is your favorite place on earth?

My favorite place is my grandparents mountain house in northern Pennsylvania. So much of my growing as a person and a forager has happened there.

What is your next travel destination?

Nowhere to my current knowledge. I would love to go to Peru, but that isn't going to happen

What is your favorite beverage?

Nettle tea
 

 

What is your favorite food or recipe?

Periwinkle Escargot- All foraged

What are your Utopian ideals?

A society where everybody is equal, all conflicts resolved with cooking competitions, and the government is made up of yogi's.

What is your astrological sign?

I am a Capricorn.

Check out Ezra's Blog: Forager in Philly


Top 10 Must Haves for a Healthy Kitchen

Herbal Wisdom, RecipesWild Coyotea1 Comment

Here are my Top 10 for a healthy kitchen! I recommend having them on hand at all times to incorporate into your daily practices of nourishment! 

 

Lemons

I add lemon juice to hot water in the morning to flush my system.  Also great for dressings or whenever you need a little tang! Even though they seem acidic, lemon juice actually helps alkalize your body. 


Raw Hemp Seeds

One of the most easily digestible vegan proteins! I add it to smoothies, salads, rice bowls, popcorn- everything!

Coconut Oil

Great high heat cooking oil, good for your skin, brain, heart, tastes great! I also add it to my pup’s food for a shiny coat.

Garlic

Immune booster!

Ginger

Warming, anti-inflammatory.  I use finely chopped ginger with my lemon water, it makes a great soothing herbal tonic.

Real Salt

Don’t mess with processed salt. Get the kind that still has its natural minerals

Dark leafy Greens

Because, duh. (Chlorophyll. Fiber. Vitamin A.)

Nut Butter

Protein! I love almond butter.  If you are into the peanut variety, make sure it’s organic. Non-organic peanuts are known to have TONS of chemicals.

Chocolate

Dark Chocolate.  Antioxidants. Vitamins. Essential Fatty Acids.

 


Raw Honey

Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties!  Delicious.  I use raw honey in my herbal teas and with hot lemon ginger tonic!