Weed Walk - Dandelion, Chicory and more

Thursday, May 14, 2020 4:41 PM | Anonymous

Weed Walk - Dandelion, Chicory and more

Dandelion (Taraxacum off.) leaves are smooth on the back. They are often
confused with chicory, shepherd’s purse, and wild lettuce.

Chicory (Chicorium intybus) leaves are hairy, and much bitterer; few like it in salads.

Shepherd’s purse (Bursa capsella-pastoris) leaves taste like cress.

Wild madder (Galium mollugo) tips are yummy in salads.

Cleavers (Galium aparine) sticks to your tongue; wait a while, until it has seeds on it, then we will tincture some.

Cronewort (Artemisia vulgaris) leaves and roots are still mild enough for salads.

Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella) leaves add a sour tang to salads

Baby burdock (Arctium lappa) leaves spring up from the overwintering root. Too bitter for me, and definitely not for salad, but they are served as a cooked green by some Italian-Americans.

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is big enough to harvest for soup.

DO NOT EAT marsh marigold (Caltha palustris). Just admire the beauty, soon gone, of another spring ephemeral.

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