Thursday, May 20, 2010

Edible Wild Plants - Spencer Magnet Article

Last week, I wrote an article about Edible Wild Plants that was published in my local paper, The Spencer Magnet. My plan was to write here about my personal experiences with eating wild plants. I had grand plans to make cookies and syrup from dandelions. My daughter was so excited, she couldn't stand it.

So, guess which weed decided to spontaneously all but disappear from my yard in the last two weeks? Seriously. Apparently all it takes to get rid of dandelions is to decide that you have a use for them. I was digging them and throwing them aside for weeks before that.

I'm hoping the dandelions will be back soon (don't tell my husband) because I really want to try that cookie recipe. I'll be sure to share my experiences when I do. I distinctly remember having a lot of dandelions in our yard during Memorial Day weekend last year, so I'm expecting more soon. (I understand it may be weird to distinctly remember something like that - we had a party, and I remember a little girl picking them).

I do have some experience with eating wild plants, although I'm sure it's not something most people would lump in with eating dandelions and clover. When we didn't have domesticated blackberries in our garden when I was growing up (which happened from time to time), we would pick the wild ones from the roadside. They were smaller, but I usually didn't notice that. I'm sure there's a flavor different of some kind, too, but I don't remember it. The wild blackberries made wonderful jam and cobbler just the same.

I know that lately I've only been writing about the articles I'm writing elsewhere. Sorry about that! I hope that you're enjoying reading anyway.


Indigo, madder, marigold said...

i am very intrigued about dandelion cookies. Will you post the recipe?

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Anonymous said...

I wish we had more dandelion around too. I wanted to drink dandelion root tea instead of coffee. I went looking last year, and found none. Strange. No morels this year either. I wanted to do poke, but I'm not sure what it looks like. There is plenty of clover though, so I'm going to look into that one, and I just got a guide from extension office on looking for plants. We'll see.