The gathering for edible seeds/grains continues, September to October is definitely what I call the seeds time and they are so plentiful locally. To the untrained eyes, the environment may look like a desert but it couldn't be further from the truth - it's a giant field of nutritious seeds. You need to gather them before the rainy season.
Every morning, I spend a couple of hours hiking and collected some plentiful seeds. Today I collected some crabgrass seeds as well as sedge and nettle seeds. I don't need a lot, they're mostly used for my culinary research but in case of "need", it's good to know they're there and which ones are edible.
Did you know that crabgrass, now considered an obnoxious weed was actually an ancient crop and that sedge seeds have been found on Neanderthal mortar. Wild seeds are part of our cultural and culinary DNA.
Aside from food, nettle seeds are also very medicinal by helping the thyroid and reducing excess weight. Throughout history, nettle sees have also been used as anti-poison. I used them last time when I had food poisoning and it did wonder.
I use these seeds in stews, soups but also in condiments like my pickled wild seeds. Oh...and in my wild seeds crackers as well!
Now we view them as "weeds" and spray them with chemicals. We don't realize that we are alive today because our ancestors had an intimate relationship with their environment and knew which seeds were edible. Locally, most of them are also non-native (all mustards, wild radish, grasses, etc...) so it's another way to contribute to the local flora by removing the seeds. If native seeds are collected (always in moderation), I save 20 to 30% to plant. By using my little home nursery, I can guarantee that I end up planting more than I take.
As a tip, before you start foraging grass or sedge seeds, you need to familiarize yourself with a fungal contamination called "Ergot" which can be quite toxic (or psychotropic). You can google "Ergot grains fungus" and look at images. My seeds are always inspected and if I have any doubt, the whole batch is thrown away.
Tomorrow I'll go on another hike collecting Curly Dock, wild fennel seeds and black mustard seeds