After trekking almost 100 miles, over 8 mountain passes Katrina Blair found her way back to Durango to teach us a little bit about the wealth of food hiding in the cracks of our sidewalks - or in between our garden beds. We often call these plants weeds, but we soon learned there was more to them than just pesky adversaries trying to choke out our tomatoes.
Katrina was returning from the annual Telluride Mushroom Festival that she walks to every year from Durango to teach about wild plants. She carries only light camping gear and a knife and lives off the plants she is able to find on her hike. She said this year the wild strawberries were delicious and abundant, and she returned from her foray feeling more in tune with this wonderful place where we live.
When I look at my cupboards and refrigerator full of store bought food it seems like a daunting task to feed myself from the weeds I usually pull and throw in my compost. But Katrina gave us different glasses with which to look at the world, ones with which the dandelions transform into pesto, the giant hollyhock leaves into burrito wraps, and the thistle into a delicious chai tea. Suddenly my weedy backyard has transformed into a tasty, wild kitchen.Read more