Traditional people around the world understand that food does not just represent calories but it supplies also important nutrients and protective compounds. For these people, food is a defining feature of their culture and is incorporated into their collecting tools, containers, songs, and rituals. Important to note is that people who still enjoy their traditional diet are relatively free from many of the chronic ailments that plaque modern societies in every country―cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurological diseases, diabetes, inflammatory diseases of the digestive and musculoskeletal systems, and autoimmune disorders. Aside from such serious topics, wild plants offer variety in our diet and can provide unique flavors and textures to liven up dishes that may be frequently prepared in our households. Join in the spirit of Euell Gibbons and see how wonderful it feels to gather your own food. This field class will begin with a brief explanation of the protective benefits of wild foods and then delve into identifying and gathering various late spring wild edibles. Seasonal differences will be discussed and preparation techniques for the different plant parts examined.
This class is offered through the New England Wild Flower Society.
Sunday, May 31, 1-3:30 p.m.
Location: Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Program Code: FDT5016
Instructor: Arthur Haines
Fee: $23 (Member) / $28 (Nonmember)
Limit: 14 Certificate: Field: FB/Adv.FB
Cosponsor: Vermont Institute of Natural Science