Wild Foods :: Identify, Harvest and Prepare Edible Plants
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Wild Foods :: Identify, Harvest and Prepare Edible Plants

Learn how to identify wild foods as well as forage for and prepare them. We'll cover the most amazing wild edible plants
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Created by Elizabeth Heck
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 19 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Build confidence in working with highly beneficial plants
  • Identify the most sought after wild edibles
  • Forage in the right places for the right plants at the right time
  • Learn to use new intriguing and delicious ingredients
  • Increase your health & wellbeing with nutrient-dense foods
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

It’s not only enjoyable but truly empowering to go out into your own backyard or to anyplace in the wild and gather your own food. 

There are so many unique wonderful flavors to explore.This course is just like being on a personalized plant walk with me, however this digital journey has huge advantages. 

In this course, we’ll cover far more than we could in a traditional half-day plant learning excursion. We’ll travel around together to all sorts of environments. We’ll also get to see the plants at different stages of growth and in different seasons. The best part, you can re-watch the lessons as many times as you like so you can really learn the plants and build your confidence. This will truly accelerate your learning. Join me as me venture out to meet the wild edibles.

Wild plants are the most fresh and nutritious food you will find. Nearly all of the plants in this course grow in abundance in the wild. 

During this course, I’ll share with you many important teachings as well as many of my own experiences with these delicious and nutritious plants.

I will show you were to find each of the plants as well how to harvest and how to prepare them. Join me in this healthful, delicious course.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in nutrition, cuisine, health, nature or working with wild plants.
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
Wild Foods Introduction and Overview
3 Lectures 09:37

This introduction offers a brief overview of what the course is about. 

Preview 02:09

The benefits of foraging for wild food are many. Your food will be full of nutrition and great flavor. We'll cover where to most easily find the plants and how to harvest so there will be plenty of supply year-after-year. We'll also go over what to expect from the course.

Wild Foods Overview

Edible Greens
6 Lectures 32:40

Garlic mustard tastes just like garlic. This offers a wonderful taste addition to many recipes. Better yet, garlic mustard is nutrient-dense. Since it grows in abundance it's the perfect food for foraging.

Preview 05:02

Purslane is nutrient-dense. It's a great source of vitamins A, B, C, E as well as minerals including magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. Most importantly, it is extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids.

Purslane, High in Omega-3s

Chickweed is one of the best tasting wild edibles. It's reminiscent of corn and can be eaten raw on the go. It's also wonderful added to salads, sandwiches and wraps.

Chickweed, Delicate and Delicious

Lamb’s quarters used to be much more appreciated than it is today. Historically it was valued for its taste, ease of growth and above all, exceptional nutrition.

Lamb's Quarters, Better than Spinach

Nettles are one of the most nutrient-dense foods you will find. They can be found world-wide and offer many health benefits. Find out how to find them and better yet, how to incorporate them into many different types of dishes.

Nettles for High Nutrition

Ramps are one of the most popular wild edibles, attracting the attention of restaurants and grocery stores each spring. They have a wonderful flavor.

Ramps, Oniony Goodness
Young Shoots
5 Lectures 26:25

Japanese knotweed has a flavor reminiscent of rhubarb and can be used in much the same way. This highly invasive species grows in many places around the world and is a perfect plant to harvest with ease.

Preview 05:14

Cattails can be foraged and eaten at many different times of the year. You can harvest the rhizome, shoot, flowering spike and pollen. Each part of the plant offers it's own unique quality.

Cattail, the Wild Edible for Year-round Use

Fiddleheads are the tips of ferns that emerge from the plant early in the season. These are used in wild edible cuisine throughout the world for beautiful and creative cooking.

Fiddleheads from the Tastiest Ferns

Spruce tips are surprisingly good tasting. They have a hint of citrus and add a wonderful flavor to many foods. Their high vitamin C content makes them especially valuable.

Spruce Tips for a Citrusy Treat

Even though asparagus is widely cultivated, it originated in the wild and can still be found there. It only takes a few plants to provide weeks worth of this delicious and nutritious vegetable.

Asparagus, from Wild to Cultivated
Healthful Roots
2 Lectures 13:26

Dandelion is one of the most common plants found growing around the world. All parts of the plant are edible, including the flower, leaves and root. This is a highly nutritious and medicinal plant.

Dandelion, the Plant with Multiple Edible Parts

Burdock is not only a great edible food, it provides many health benefits as well.

Burdock, the Cleansing herb
Edible Flowers
2 Lectures 08:20

While the greens make a wonderful, healthy potherb, the flowers make a beautiful addition to sweets and treats. The make a tasty addition to appetizers and drinks as well. This is a creative and fun plant to work with.

Violets are a Beautiful Food

Daisies grow prolifically around the world. They are one of the most beautiful edibles and taste good too.

Daisies, the Beautiful Edible Weed
Delicious Berries
4 Lectures 21:23

While there are wonderful nutrients in grapes, it is the resveratrol that is so valuable. The leaves are also edible and make delicious dolmas.

Wild Grapes, High in Resveratrol

Blueberries are extremely healthy and should be a part of the diet as often as possible. The wild varieties are higher in healthy compounds than cultivated blueberries.

Blueberries, Nutrient Dense

Gooseberries make an excellent edible food. They taste great and can be used any many different ways.

Gooseberries for Tasty Treats

Currants have a long tradition as a delicious edible fruit. Their world-wide distribution is far ranging. They have excellent health benefits as well.

Currants the Historic Food
Conclusion and Thank You
1 Lecture 00:19

Thank you for participating in "Wild Foods: Identify, Harvest and Prepare Edible Plants"! I hope to see you in another course.

Thank You for Joining the Course
About the Instructor
Elizabeth Heck
4.6 Average rating
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11,833 Students
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Herbalist, Best Selling Instructor

Elizabeth Heck is an herbalist and naturalist with over 20 years experience working with plant medicines. She is a graduate from the University of Minnesota and continued her education apprenticing with world-renowned herbalists.

When not working with plants directly, Elizabeth writes and teaches about their amazing virtues. She teaches at conferences around the United States and teaches online to make the information more accessible to you. Many of her courses are bestsellers.

Elizabeth learned how to identify plants growing in the wild from a very early age. It wasn't until she was in her twenties, that she started to realize their value as food and medicine. After decades of hands-on experience, she shares her wisdom and insights with you for your health and well-being. Her teachings are truly empowering.