Healthy food all around us

With technological progress, the threats to our health have increased, as well as the desire to survive and the interest in healthy living habits, especially in nutrition. There are more and more traders and trade in “healthy food”, organic food is more and more in demand and more expensive, and incomes are decreasing. The fight for a healthier and more dignified life has been reduced to a constant race, and it seems that we, the locals, are a little behind in it.

However, if we look up from advertisements and advertisements in newspapers and television and if we turn around a little, we will notice that nature is tireless in trying to reach our eyes and consciousness. It breaks through concrete and asphalt, sprouts in gutters, overgrown ruins… Dandelion, mustard, rusomača, clover, arsenic, nettle, rabbit juice, loboda are just some of the edible and medicinal plants that can be found in almost every city street. So, we don’t need to go to distant hills to get to know them and gather them for use. It is enough to take some of the GSP buses to the vicinity of the city.

Wild edible plants are stronger, more resilient, more intelligent and healthier than any plant that grows in culture. It is able to survive, leave offspring and feed the vascular wildlife along the way, while cultivated plants, such as patients in intensive care, require constant supervision, nutrition and protection. “Wild” herbs are perhaps the only true food on which man, never completely successful, attempts to “fix” nature have left no trace. It is always something harder and smaller than cultivated and, although sometimes bitter or astringent, it is always nutritious and healing. It contains an abundance of active beneficial substances and that is why it is best to eat it fresh or prepared as simply as possible.

The antiquity of a nation in a certain area is often reflected through its attachment to the earth, love and respect for the beings it gives birth to, as well as through knowledge of the ways in which it can use them for its own nutrition and survival. One such example is the Japanese people who built a system of nutrition from a close relationship with nature and the environment, or, better said, a way of life that involves consuming foods that thrive naturally in the immediate vicinity of the place where they live. It would be worth mentioning that, for example, dogwood, geranium, wild (edible) chestnut and horseradish are some of the plants whose existence is considered to be this very corner of the planet where we live and that several thousand more plants grow here. according to experts, at least one thousand can in some way be included in the diet. When we compare this figure with some, barely countable, hundreds of species of plants that we can find in stores and markets, it inspires optimism. Spring is on the doorstep and the plants are eagerly waiting for the sky to mark a new, green beginning. Pay attention to bitter gourd, broccoli, dandelion, buckthorn, dead nettle, wild cabbage, daisies and many more edible things that will soon grow and bloom. Why not meet them and include them in your menu? We will write about some of them soon, and some you may ‘discover’ yourself. We wish you a rich and joyful herbal year. As soon as the snow melts, and sometimes even before that, the first green food sprouts from the ground.

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