Tixwem: Foraging for Food in the Wild

Gabe Cipes is best known in Canada for his work at Summerhill Winery, but this expert in biodynamics and permaculture is also fascinated with the concept of living off the land, sourcing natural foods that grow in the wild.

Gabe shows how plants that many people consider to be weeds are actually a valuable source of nutritious and great tasting foods, some of which even have healing qualities.

In this episode host Tracey Bonneau joins her long-time friend on a foraging quest through ECOmmunity Place, an untouched wilderness area protected by the Penticton Indian Band.

Gabe and Tracey search the area to find Mustard Greens for a salad, Wild Rose petals as an edible garnish, stinging nettle for a medicinal tea, cat tails from a nearby marsh, and burdock root, an invasive plant species that just happens to be incredibly tasty!

As Tracey says, the best revenge you can get while weeding your own yard is to eat the weeds afterward!

Tracey also visits the nearby Penticton Community Garden for some fresh vegetables and fruits, before settling down to prepare a feast from their foraged foods.

Recipes include a Mustard Green salad, a soup made from burdock root and cattail, and barbecued quail.


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    Wild Food is the antidote to boring, unhealthy food. Host Tracey Bonneau takes viewers on an adventure every week, hunting for big game, fishing for wild salmon, digging for little known edible roots and berries, and then turning those healthy foods into a spectacular meal.

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    Tracey Kim Bonneau

    Tracey Kim Bonneau isn't just the face of Wild Food; she's also the brains and the heart behind the series. Tracey is a media artist, journalist, documentary filmmaker and professional writer with ...

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