(Birds chirping) KAREN: We have great opportunity
for harvesting very healthy wild foods in our forests
here in the Northwest. When you’re looking at these
make sure you look for the belly button that’s on
the huckleberry. STUDENT: It’s been amazing to
be a student in Karen’s class because it brings to life this
whole other world of plants – realizing that there’s such an
abundance all around us all the time. KAREN: Not only do we want to
collect from areas that are safe, non-polluted,
non-sprayed areas, but we also want to
respect public lands. We’ve come across a really
nice patch of Stinging Nettle. Traditionally, it was actually
used as a cordage plant or in net making. What we know now is that these
plants are extremely high in protein;
they’re high in calcium, vitamin C, iron and many other
trace minerals. We are going to be making
some dock seed and dried stinging
nettle crackers. Some things need to be cooked in
order to make them edible and other things we can eat
directly from the landscape. Tonight for dessert we’re gonna
be having cattail pollen crepes which are stuffed with maple
syrup sweetened cream cheese and Pacific huckleberries. What we’d like to do is
invite everybody to come around the table. We have some cucumber seaweed
salad with wood sorrel, a king salmon wrapped traditionally
in skunk cabbage leaves, acorn muffins have also
come to our table, we have some dandelion wine, and
there’s a smoked salmon spread, we also have some pasta, which
has dandelion pesto on it. KAREN’S DAUGHTER: It’s kind of
special when she does Wild Foods Dinners, it doesn’t
happen all the time. My friends always make fun of
me they’re like, “What’s the weirdest thing
you eat?” And I never have an answer for
’em cause there’s just been a very wide variety of things. DINER: It’s really not weird.
It’s just wild. DINER: It’s just wild. DINER: It’s just different.
DINER: Yeah. DINER: I always feel so
alive when I eat this food. KAREN: Every single day we try
to add Wild Foods into our diet. It makes me feel like
I’m closer to the earth. It brings us together
as a community. And I love that piece of it. My name is Karen Sherwood
and I teach Ethnobotany, which is the study of plants and
people and where they intersect.