Week of October 27, 2015 - Hardy Greens Weed Walk, Daisies, Docks and more

Monday, October 26, 2015 2:38 PM | Anonymous

Hardy Greens Weed Walk

Many people think that the herbs are all gone when the weather gets chilly, but many of them prefer to grow now. Let’s see what we can harvest for salad. Daisy leaves, young yellow dock leaves, sheep sorrel, dandelion leaves and even a flower or two, ground ivy, garlic mustard, wild mustard, pepper grass, cheeses, wild madder, wild mints, including peppermint, spearmint, catnip, oregano, and monarda.

Daisy (Chrysathemum leucanthemum) leaves are one of my salad secrets. They have the most amazing flavor. A little goes a long way.

Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus) leaves are especially tasty in the early winter as the bitter principles move into the root. There is a flush of leaf growth as the days shorten that recommends itself to wintry salads.

Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) is yellow dock’s baby sister. She is smaller and more sour, but a lot less bitter, so well worth the effort to seek her out and stoop down to harvest her whale-tail leaves.

Dandelion (Taraxacum off.) leaves are at their tastiest in October and November. Be sure to mince them into small pieces if you add them to your salads. (Bitters are good for the digestive system.) And don’t forget to dig some dandelion root, too. Make vinegar or tincture it. Fall-dug root is said to be the best.

~ Hardy Greens Weed Walk, contd ~

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