Estonia · food · nature

Take it from the ground. / Nagu maast leitud.

I know that it’s really popular to eat all kinds of superfoods at the moment. It’s been a trend for a while. But the superfoods I am about to introduce you are the ones that I have been eating every spring since my childhood already. Although some people just call them weeds

Here in Estonia April is not usually very warm and nice. At the moment the grass is just about starting to grow and the trees have no leaves yet. But many of the first plants that you can find on the ground now are super good if not superfoods.

I believe in the theory that you should eat what grows naturally close to where you live. And I even believe that the plants that you pick with your own hands have some kind of special power. If you don’t buy all this then it’s hard to argue with the fact that fresh spring greens do convey extra nutrition (vitamins, minerals etc).

Today I went to the garden and picked dandelion leaves, lady’s mantles, nettles, cowslips (leaves and the first blooms), ground elder (goutweed).

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Fresh from the ground.

I make tea with the fresh small nettles.

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Nettles.

The rest of the spring greens I chop, add some chive and mix it all with sour cream. Then I spread it on a slice of rye bread and top up with cucumber.

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Sandwich with herbs.

You can make the mix with yoghurt, too, but sour cream gives more taste. You can also add salt (I don’t) and you can put a slice of cheese or ham on top of your sandwich.

This is a true spring sandwich – fresh from the ground!

Now I can’t wait for the first sprouts of willow herbs. The first shoots up to 20 cm tall are supposed to taste better than asparagus! Every spring I forget to try them but this year I hope not to miss the right time to pick them.

So yeah, just take it from the ground.

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Superfoods.

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Kaasaegne toidusedel sisaldab meil sageli mitmeid eksootilisi supertoite. Kes mida sööb ja millesse usub – see on tõepoolest maitse asi. Siiski soovitaksin siiralt vaadata ringi oma koduaias (või hea sõbra aias, kui endal aeda pole) või puhtas Eestimaa looduses ja korjata maast kõike seda, mida kevadine emake maa pakub.

Värskete umbrohtude söömine ei ole minu jaoks moeasi. Olen nendest salateid teinud juba koolilapsena.

Ma usun teooriat, et kõige kasulikum on süüa seda, mis kasvab sinu kodupaiga lähedal. Oma käega korjatud taimedel olevat lisaks eriline energia. Ja kui eelpool mainitu sulle siiski kaheldav tundub, siis ilmselt on raske vaielda faktiga, et värsked kevadised heinad on täis kasulikke mineraalaineid, vitamiine jms.

Mis meil siis praegu menüüs on? Täna pakkus loodus värsket naati, nurmenuku lehti ja esimesi õisi, võilille lehti, kortslehte ja nõgest. Neli esimest hakin peeneks ja lisan peenralt saadud esimest murulauku.

Nõgesest teen tavaliselt teed, kuid loomulikult võib ka selle salatisse panna, sest suu limaskestal nõges ei kõrveta.

Hakitud heinad segasin hapukoorega ja määrisin leivale. Kõige peale lisasin kurgiviile. Loomulikult võib juurde panna ka sinki või juustu.

Kas seda supertoiduks nimetada saab, seda ma ei tea. Super kasulik on see kindlasti.

Nüüd jään ootama värskeid põdrakanepi võrseid. Kuni 20 cm pikkused noored taimed pidid maitsema isegi paremini kui spargel! Mul läheb igal kevadel meelest neid proovida, aga sel aastal loodan õigel ajal jaole saada.

Suurepärast toitu leiab sõna otseses mõttes maast!

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