The (yellow goatsbeard) is always greener, naturally

15 May

Usually if you find one yellow goatsbeard, there will probably be hundreds to thousands close by. The trick is to return to an area where you have noticed they were blooming in the previous summer or fall.

This photo here highlights the issue, yellow goatsbeard is all but indistinguishable from many of the meadow grasses, so walk slowly and only look a few feet in front or to the sides and often there will be a joyous realization you have entered a place where the grass is never greener or tastier. 

Enjoy your gatherings as this must be one of the easiest wild edible plants to collect as it is very similar to being in a very pleasant garden, where you are relaxed in a gentle focus.

Here we see the brown latex yellow goatsbeard releases when cut, it has a mild bitterness which is pleasant if tasted raw. I cut the white sections of these plants shown here which measures around 3 inches and steamed them and simply ate these with butter, salt & pepper. I’m somewhat surprised Tragopogon pratensis & also T dubius are not already commerical crops. I suspect it is a shelf life issue as these are comparable to the best items in any vegetable market I’ve been to. If may also be the fact this relative of Salsify has a smaller root than the famous European plant, thought the secret to yellow goatsbeard are the parts above the roots, so for now lets enjoy this wild one.

The remaining upper leaves can be cut into small pieces and added to salads or you could do as we did today and make a (cream of yellow goatsbeard) which is even tastier than it sounds. Enjoy these common gifts presented naturally to you. chow for now


6 Responses to “The (yellow goatsbeard) is always greener, naturally”

  1. mobius faith May 15, 2012 at 9:24 pm #


  2. Jeremy DuCheny May 16, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    Looks great 1left.:)

  3. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words May 16, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    it almost looks like what i call bunching onions
    but I don’t think it is…
    does it taste like onions?
    great post as always 1Left!
    Take Care…

    • 1left May 17, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

      Thanks LadyBlueRose’s, these do have a green oniony appearance and the white sections on the young growth as shown in the photos does separate in layers similar to what onions do, but thats where the resemblance ends. The taste of yellow goatsbeard’s young shoots probably fits somewhere in between green beans and broccoli. The green leaves though are a little stronger and in a cream could be mistaken for broccoli though the texture is less gritty.

      • Geir Flatabø July 26, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

        I see this is written in 2012. Just been out picking seeds to sow from Tragopogon pratensis, here in Eastern Norway, and would like very much to try its cousin T dubius, – not beeing able to find a seed supply, hoping that you would have some to spare. I second all you Write… Some Kurdian People here in Norway grow the Goatsbeard for vegetable…taking the seeds wit them from Kurdistan- Iran… Geir Flatabø

      • 1left July 27, 2017 at 9:52 am #

        Send your address to my contact email address. I may be near some plants with fresh seeds soon.

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