Wild Greens Bagel
Written and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor
One of my favorite breakfast dishes; a heart-friendly, wild foods/herbal version of the classic toasted bagel—Violet leaves and flowers and chickweed greens with a raw garlic olive oil sauce atop a whole grain bagel. Both chickweed and violets are rich in anti-oxidant vitamins and the violet flowers are colored by bio-flavanoids. Both wild greens also contain soluble fiber (like oatmeal, barley, most beans, prickly pear, okra, etc.), which helps to remove excess cholesterol from the body. I find that liberal olive oil mixed with raw garlic helps to mellow the garlic’s intensity and reduces heat symptoms in the digestive system, such as heartburn or indigestion.
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JULIET BLANKESPOOR is the founder, primary instructor, and Creative Director of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, an online school serving thousands of students from around the globe. She's a professional plant-human matchmaker and bonafide plant geek, with a degree in botany and over 30 years of experience teaching and writing about herbalism, medicine making, and organic herb cultivation. Juliet’s lifelong captivation with medicinal weeds and herb gardening has birthed many botanical enterprises over the decades, including an herbal nursery and a farm-to-apothecary herbal products business.
These days, she channels her botanical obsession through her writing and photography in her online programs, on her personal blog Castanea, and in her new book, The Healing Garden: Cultivating and Handcrafting Herbal Remedies. Juliet and her family reside in a home overrun with houseplants and books in Asheville, North Carolina.
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