A few spring flowers and greens

26 May

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This Purple Trillium is to rare in my area for me to eat its leaves.

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There is one common Trillium locally, the Painted Trillium which you could gather 1 of its 3 leafs from when it is young and shaped like a spear as shown by the Purple Trillium with its red stem behind the Dutchman’s breeches in this photo.

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Marsh Marigold is considered edible when properly cooked though I haven’t try it, in fact this is the first time I’ve noticed this plant flowering. Raw it is known to be an irritant and quite toxic.

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This plant has interesting looking flowerbuds which I will also be not eating due to its rarity here and conflicting info on the safest parts and ways to eat this plant, but again this is a new plant I have no experience with except this encounter right here. I was driving by when I noticed these earliest of bright yellow flowers which I wasn’t expecting to see in a coastal swamp.

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Now for some greens, ground elder and orpine in the basket. The tastiest part of the ground elder for my taste buds are the long leaf stems on the lightest green colored plants with barely unfolding leaves.

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Here is a nice one, this patch covers several acres and you can harvest a lot in a short time. I first starting eating this plant just last year after reading an excellent post on Alan Carter’s blog — Of Plums and Pignuts

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Usually you will find at least some of these young light greens popping up throughout the summer and right now about 30% of ground elder here is still light green with juicy leaf stems. This area I suspect started as a small patch of ornamental variegated ground elder 50 to 100 hundreds years ago as there are still a few at the front of this abandon farm yard though over time it has vastly spread and reverted to the old original which is known to be quite vigorous and a well known food and medicine for several previous centuries in Europe. Today in many places Aegopodium podagraria is consider quite invasive and very unpopular though if eaten at the right stage it suddenly appears to be a very healthy good food, funny how the goodness of nature doesn’t change, just our thoughts on it do.  ciao

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5 Responses to “A few spring flowers and greens”

  1. garethhevans May 27, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    Trilliums!

    • 1left May 27, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

      This spring ephemeral is quite striking and the largest of our Trilliums here in the Maritime provinces, they exude a very visual hard wood forest bravado, almost a warning to those entering the homeland of the Purple Trilliums — be careful where you step. Both the Painted and Nodding Trilliums are little more humble and welcoming in their areas of conifer/mixed woods and river floodplains respectively.

      • garethhevans May 28, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

        Yes, they have plenty of personality.

  2. Hilda May 28, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

    Beautiful photo of the red trillium.

    • 1left May 28, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

      Hilda, these were the only Trilliums on the hillside, all fittingly in a nice little triangle, they almost seemed to be expecting my visit.

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