A family resemblance

4 May

I’m in my driveway and over against the apartment building 15 feet away is one of my favorite wild edible plants standing taller and nestled amongst another very wholesome edible and medicinal plant. (Yellow goatsbeard with some Dandelions) Since the location they are appearing in is one from which I have no interest in gathering from I thought it best to at least get a few photos to share with you before my neighbour clips these plants. If you’re a person who enjoys gathering wild food it is a valuable asset to know your plants in all their stages of development, as often you will find unexpected plants while searching for other plants and mushrooms and may choose to gather some seeds or roots for introducing in other locations.

Yellow goatsbeard (Tragopogon pratensis) is also very similar to the vegetable Salsify and although the roots are alike I personally prefer to eat only the early shoots leaving the roots to produce another stem which will also produce flowers and seeds  during the early fall. Below is a photo of one from a harvestable area and in good condition for eating. So now you can see this plant in 2 different stages the shoot stage (below) and the flowering stage advanced by the sunny apartment foundation (above).

The taste of Yellow goatsbeard either raw or cooked is very mild, something like green beans. There are many other possible ways to enjoy eating this lovely plant, which in my area is common along river meadows and in semi tall grassy places and I’ve noticed they tend to grow along the edge of blueberry fields and roads, of course don’t collect in areas where you suspect potential toxins. Beyond eating the shoots you could sprout the seeds, roast the roots for coffee, cook the roots like (Salsify also known as Oyster plant), eat the flowers and cut up leaves in salads and they along with being tasty are also nutritious like their little brother Dandelion.

Last photo is of young caraway greens, I usually dry my caraway seeds I collect from the wild in my shed so now I have plenty of caraway plants surrounding my indicator garden  and they made their way over just a few feet from the yellow goatsbeard plants in this post, all kinds of goodies around. ciao

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4 Responses to “A family resemblance”

  1. mobius faith May 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    Goatsbeard sound rather tasty.

    • 1left May 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

      Thanks mobius, no kidding its good, when I use to sell it to restaurants, I would call it (meadow salsify), seemed to sell a little better under that name. ciao

  2. Jeremy May 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    Goatsbeard grows aplenty on my acreage up north. I’ve never eaten the shoots. This year, I’m going to try it. Thanks, 1left.

    • 1left May 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

      The developing flower buds are good to if the shoots stage is over, an attractive flower and good to eat, nice plant to be at home with. thanks Jeremy for dropping by.

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