We had such a nice time on our wild edible walk last Sunday! Thanks to everyone who came. What a great group of interested people who had so much to contribute.
Here are the Black Locust Flowers that we sampled (taste like honey):
The mulberry trees are filled with mulberries. They are still green, but by June should be purple, juicy and sweet:
Last fall we made sumac lemonade for our wild edible walk (you can see the post about it on our Birch Center blog here.) Here are the early staghorn sumacs (still green):
The flowering garlic mustard (which is resurging, another crop of green heart shaped leaves are sprouting up just like it’s early spring again!) This is classified as an invasive weed, and many parks spend days pulling it up. So if you want to make pesto with it, I’m sure no one would mind. (Here is an article I wrote for Natural News about Garlic Mustard, it has the pesto recipe at the end.) You’ll also be able to harvest garlic mustard with us and make vinegar for yourself and sample pesto at our Wild Edible Workshop, coming up Saturday, May 30. Check out Wild Events for more information.
Here’s the soft furry mullein. The leaves are used medicinally to strengthen the lungs:
Here’s one of my favorite herbs, mugwort, already a couple feet tall:
Here is a crown vetch flower. This one is white, and looks a bit like white clover (but this is much bigger.) The purplish variety is the same color as red clover (we’ll post pictures as they flower.) The crown vetch is poisonous, so be careful not to confuse them. The leaves are very different (see picture below):
Crown Vetch Leaves:
Compare to Clover Flowers and Leaves:
Finally, here is the Japanese Knotweed. What a difference one month makes! We still found some shoots, though, and were able to sample it. One of our participants shared that he steamed them like asparagus in the early spring and found them to be tender and delicious. He also mentioned that raw foodie David Wolfe says that Japanese Knotweed is the number one source of anti-oxidant reversatrol. David Wolfe also suggests that the reason Japanese Knotweed is so invasive right now is because it is so good for us. He mentions it as a possible treatment to Lyme Disease.
Question: Have you tried any new wild edibles yet? (Or any tried and true ones you’d like to share?) Please let us know in the comments below.