Week of April 19, 2016 - Spring Ephemerals

Monday, April 18, 2016 8:22 PM | Anonymous

Spring Ephemerals

Here are the light purple flowers of the Hepatica, one of the prettiest of the little wildflowers the new live-out apprentices identified. The three-lobed leaf looks like the lobes of the liver, so herbalist of bygone days thought it would assist the liver, thus its name: Hepatica. Modern herbalists don’t use it. In fact, spring ephemerals are protected in many places, make lousy cut flowers, and don’t transplant very well, so they are best left undisturbed.

Wild leek leaves, ready to be minced and added to our fancy nettle soup.

We will make our annual pilgrimage to the wild leek patch in two weeks at the Spring Tonics class, where I will tell the story of The Women Who Loved Leeks and What Happened to Them. I hope you can join me.

~ Wild Salad ~

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