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I eat for FREE by feeding on wild plants – what’s safe and what’s not

The best way to ensure that the ingredients in your food are all-natural is to source them from nature.

Tiktokerin Alexis Nikole, 30, has been shopping for groceries in her backyard since she was a child.

Alexis Nikole makes magnolia donuts in a Tik Tok video

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Alexis Nikole makes magnolia donuts in a Tik Tok videoCredit: TikTok/alexisnikole

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, Alexis eats every meal for free. The experienced scavenger searches for plants, leaves, nuts and flowers to prepare each meal.

From peony water to baking with cattail pollen dust to pine cone jam and violet soup, Alexis is an expert when it comes to finding the right weed for delicious dishes.

In this video, Alexis cooks dinner for her and a friend.

She uses wild chives, dandelion, plantain leaves, clover, field garlic, and deadnettle to make “wild green soup” and “field garlic parathas.”

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Alexis picks deadnettle for her "Wild Green Soup"

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Alexis picks deadnettle for her “wild green soup”Credit: TikTok/alexisnikole

While there are many weeds that are safe to eat and cook with, there are some that are not.

Several types of plants look similar, but that doesn’t mean that both should be taken.

In a video titled “Dangerous Lookalike Time,” Alexis explains how spurge and purslane grow side by side and look identical.

Purslane can be eaten, but spurge makes you detox. The way you tell them apart: when you break a piece of milkweed, milky sap comes out.

Other warning weeds include Virginia creeper, hemlock, angel’s trumpet, morning glory, pokeweed, moonseed and castor bean, according to backpacker.

Alexis’ main foraging rule; Do your research and always try a little first.

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Jessica MacLeish

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