a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Plants That Feed Us...

In spring we turn to greens for that first taste.  We pick Poke salad (Sallet), Doc, Lamb's Quarters, and Prickly Lettuce.
Poke salad (sallet and a half dozen other names) is easy to find by the old stalks of season before.
The younger and smaller the better.
Poke should be parboiled but the younger the plant 
the less this is needed.
Dandelions are great to add to this green mix.
Wild clovers are edible too.
All are delicious together and better eaten while young and small. 
When you get your belly and jars full of spring greens
The black berries will be ready.

16 comments:

Saucy Kodz said...

We are getting our fiddle heads in this wee and have a feast and prepare the rest for winter. Yep, the young plants are sure tasty. You have been taught well. Have a wonderful day. Hi to all, hugz to Marcy.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And to think I just mow that stuff down in my lawn...

Dreaming said...

Funny, I was wondering about some of the weeds that I was pulling (before the snow came)! We have a lot of wild lettuce out there - I've just been cautious. I'll have to look them up next time!

LindaG said...

Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us, Gail. :-)

thewovenspoke said...

Yes, I agree with Linda G. Thanks for sharing. I knew that dandelions and clover were edibile , but no the others,

TexWisGirl said...

having not been raised in this area, i've never eaten any of these naturals.

The Homestead Lady said...

Poke Salet called "poke" in these parts is something I was raised on...It's really good and good for you! We have a local canning company called Allen's canning that cans it and you can find it sitting on grocery shelves along with other greens! Foraging is a great way to help stretch that grocery budget!

Farm Girl said...

I totally love poke salad. I pick those in the early spring and drink them in a green tonic. It always makes me feel so good again. I am glad you posted pictures.

The Homestead Lady said...

It's funny cause most people call it "salad" rather than Salet...on the cans of poke it is spelled Salet rather than sallet, so I am not sure which spelling is correct...here is a bit of information about "poke"...

http://www.georgiabamboo.com/pokepage.html

Mama Zen said...

My daughter has been wanting to try dandelions.

Henny Penny said...

Poke Sallet! That's what it was called here in NC...back in the country. Mama used to cook the young tender leaves for daddy every spring. A spring tonic he called it.

Ginny said...

I am impressed, you are like a pioneer woman!!

Lynne said...

And what kind of goodies do you make with all those greens . . besides salad?

StitchinByTheLake said...

Love spring greens! blessings, marlene

Truedessa said...

I do like dandelion greens with a little vinegar..

A Quiet Corner said...

I have never eaten any of these...one of these days, I'll have to try!!...:)JP

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