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    I have lots of them growing among the mustards in the garden (which are VERY spicy now I might add). I think I'll go pick a few handfulls of flowers and try them tonight with mustard leaves in the salad instead of pepper. Don't know what the OL had in mind for supper, but a cold salad sounds good.. It's 92F outside! whew!


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    Something that I enjoyed when I was a kid and living in Florida were saw palmetto shoots. Pluck the fans from the root before they unfold and harvest the white part at the end of the stem, the rest is too woody. They are great raw as a snack and really good sliced thin and added to stir-fry. Somewhat like bamboo shoots when cooked this way. The rule of thumb I was taught is no more than 2 fans from each root clump, not that there ever was a shortage of them where I was from!

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    i like wild onions but they taste better with water and dandilllions

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    I harvested a bunch of small garlic mustard roots the other day as I was intent on making some "horseradishy" type sauce with them. Surprisingly, they were not as hot as the ones I harvested last year. In fact, they tasted really good raw, sort of a parsnip/ carrot with just a bit of onion/ garlic type heat. They weren't nearly as stringy/ woody either and were quite tender. I've been munching on them since.

    It's hard to find wild roots that aren't woody and taste good, these are very abundant, and although small, can be gathered in quantity quickly. I harvest them from a pine plantation which makes gathering even easier as they just pull right out of the ground, no shovel required.

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    Made a nice haul of fiddleheads today. Not bad considering they go for around $6.00 per lb.
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    Found a mess of last years cranberries a few days ago.
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    Lots of Tout Lilly on the go now.
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    Also Labrador Tea.
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    Even found a good skull for the wife to paint.
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    Nice haul - great pics.
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    +1,,,,,,,,,,, Nice !

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    Nice pics. I found my first fiddleheads ever today, two small patches in the woods, left em to grow, hopefully they'll spread.

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    We can't forget Poke Salad. As well as the ditch lily blossoms, we always ate squash blossoms. The blossoms with the long stems don't produce anything, so we use those. Rose of Sharon blossoms are good too. We always dip them in egg then cornmeal and fry them.

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    The blossoms with the long stems are the male flower. The female flower has a squash growing.

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    Justin Case, you might want to refer to these web sites for good info on good eating:
    www.ofthefield.com, mobileedibles.blogspot.com, www.sacredearth.com, and my favorite www.eattheweeds.com. there are many others as well.
    Be aware there are regional, even within a state, differences in plants of the same common name, so pay attention to the scientific names too.
    Good eating to you!
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    cattails, diced and fryed in meat, then wrapped in a curly dock leaf.
    please, do not feed the birds

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin Case View Post
    Well I do have a few Pine trees in the yard,, can I make tea from these needles ?

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    And you can eat those catkin (small flower bud) and collect the pollen from them to eat as well.


    Wild artichoke and thistle stalk is good too.

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    That just sickens me...I miss Sassafras tea, we don't get it around here...sigh.

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    Sassafras has been identified as a cancer causing agent and banned by the FDA. Whether it is or not I choose not take on the risk.

    http://www.drugs.com/npp/sassafras.html

    http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/sassafras

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    purslane is good and healthy and easy to find and grow, in the summer I add it to soups, stir fries, casseroles, spaghetti, taco meat, almost anything really.

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