Trout lily green seed pods

10 Jun

Nibbled these green seed pods a few times over the years. Trout lily (Erythronium americanum) covers large areas of mature beech, maple hardwood forest here in the Martime provinces of Canada.

Most parts of the Erythronium americanum plant are listed as edible with the plant’s tiny bulbs considered by many to be the best for eating. The leaves and flowers are also edible though this plant comes with a warning that it can be emetic if eaten in large quantities. I find Trout lily beautiful while in flower, but today I notice it is also quite captivating while in this green seed pod stage.

My search for info on the historical use of Erythronium americanum’s green seed pods has come up empty, though I also looked for other members of Erythronium which has several in NA and Asia and it appear one out in Western Canada Erythronium grandiflorum known as the Avalanche lily has some record of food usage of the green seed pods. This was encouraging news as these pods seem like a nice way to harvest without too much negative impact on these plants.

Another photo of these beauties in a pleasant woods, very soon in this location there will be little trace of this plant as it is well known as a spring ephemeral. As for the green seed pods edibility I did consult the most knowledgeable wild food expert I know of and they agreed this is most likely  a safe part of this plant to consume in small amounts.

Here we see an ant’s eye view of a seedpod towering above. Although the main way trout lily spread in a forest is by runners, ants do help also when the seed pods breakdown on the ground surface, ants then have a tasty nutritious meal attached to the seed and with a natural appreciation plant some seeds during their picnic.

Back at home with my small supply of Trout lily green seed pods it is time to do something with them. I tried a few fried and boiled which were fine and were similar to peas in texture, but I like them raw best as the skin has a crispness that disappears when cooked. I also blanched and IQF’ed the rest to be used in the future, though I did create my first simple desert with this unknown edible item. I call it ( Frozen Trout lily green seed pods in yogurt) simply fabulous.🦉

4 Responses to “Trout lily green seed pods”

  1. Karen T. June 13, 2020 at 4:54 pm #

    Love your work. Always excited to see what you’ll post

  2. 1left June 13, 2020 at 6:51 pm #

    Thank you Karen

  3. BillboardVagabond June 24, 2020 at 7:50 pm #

    Reminded me of the movie “Into the wild” while reading your post. Much appreciated and thanks for sharing

  4. DiosRaw November 11, 2020 at 11:20 am #

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