Week of December 22, 2015 - Solstice Salad - chickweeds, cress and more ...

Monday, December 21, 2015 6:54 PM | Anonymous

Solstice Salad, contd.

Chickweed (Stellaria media) is another girl who thrives in the cold. I suspect I could find some in flower if I searched. Look around and I am sure you will discover some chickweed near you. She is gentle-tasting, though a bit stringy, and thus an ideal salad plant. If you have a lot of chickweed, make a tincture too.

Giant Chickweed (Stellaria pubera) is not as happy in the cold as its smaller sister. I think of giant chickweed as summer chickweed. But with the weather so mild, I notice she is sending out a lot of new growth. And she is oh so good in salad.

Cress in bloom. Like all members of its family, cresses have flowers with four petals. Many mustard family plants wait for cold weather to germinate and grow. They often contain compounds that help us ward off cold and flu viruses, as well as cancer.

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria officinalis) is also a mustard family plant, but it doesn’t bloom until next spring. The dark green leaves are hardy and abundant in open woods, roadsides, and gardens. I do my best to eat some every day to stay healthy in cold and flu season.

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