Saturday, March 12, 2011

wild edibles of March

This afternoon while the manthing was drilling holes for the mushroom plugs, I had a few minutes to wander around, weed a couple of the garden beds and take pictures of wild edibles that are ready and waiting to make it to dinner plates here in the south. All these weeds were within a very small area and all are in our dinner this evening along with clover, dandelions, and wild onions. They all also have nutritional benefits as well as different vitamins and minerals.
wood sorrel- one of my favorites but also one that can cause upset stomach if you consume too much. the little okra shaped pods later in spring are sour but very tasty to nibble

chickweed -one we eat a lot of as it has many health benefits and is tasty
bitter cress-makes a nice green to add into things and good to weed out of the gardens as aphids use it for a habitat later on

violet-the greens are nice in salad and the flowers are lovely to throw in
Wild strawberry-use when small or the leaves are tough