So, what are you foraging and eating? - moved from Ontario board
- Full tummy Jun 14, 2009 05:18 PM
I recently picked some stinging nettle tips and turned them into a delicious soup.
Last year, I decided not to weed the purslane from my garden, let it grow big, cooked it and served it with pasta. Haven't seen any this year, but still hoping...
What wild, weedy, but edible delights have you found? And what have you done/are you doing with them?
Interesting question, although methinks it will get moved to another board.
I have been clipping and using garlic chives in my salads. You may not think garlic chives are wild and weedy but they have been declared so by me and my neighbours. If let loose, these guys take over. I have them growing everywhere, even out of cracks in the pavement.
Now, for my other invasive pestilence, non-variegated goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria). Any culinary uses for this indestructible and incredibly invasive plant?
Too true. Those little chivelets love the environment between interlocking bricks. In terms of ground elder the easiest way to get rid of it is to emigrate. According to wiki: "The tender leaves have been used as a spring leaf vegetable, much as spinach was used". I think I would stay clear of it.
I seem to remember from the UK that horses and sheep were happy to eat it. So get yourself a rabbit.
re: Full tummy
ha, ha! believe me they will be very bountiful eventually. Serviceberry trees or shrubs yield a lot even with those voracious birds (and sometimes squirrels). The one I have now is very old, it was old even when we bought the property 10 years ago, and it has tons of berries. On my previous property, I had a young tree and it had fruit within a year or two.
You can make pies or tarts with these berries but I'm not sure if these are actually "saskatoon berries" or just related. Anyway, I can see how pioneers in survival mode may have been thrilled to find these berries.
I hear of folks harvesting edibles like Japanese knotweed and garlic mustard from the city's ravines in the springtime - anyone have any experience with that?
Lemon Balm Mojitos!!!
and Lemon Balm Pesto.... loving the lemon balm this year.
Oh... and I keep passing these people picking things at the side of the road on the Don Mills South hill from the Parkway... with plastic bags... could it be dandelion? I can't imagine... maybe I'm missing a best kept secret....