Friday, January 26, 2018

Hey Grandpa, What's for Dinner?

We had a thaw and on a whim I decided to take a walk around the property and see if there were any edible foods available.  This was a cataloging trip, not a collecting trip.

Black Walnuts (Juglans nigra)

Pole Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)

No joy on the corn (Zea mays).  Sometimes you can find an ear the birds missed.

But not today.

Volunteer kale (Brassica napus) at the edge of the corn patch

Close up of Kale

A few Blackberry (Rubus sp.) leaves for tea if we cannot find something better.

Crow Garlic? (Allium vineale) leaves.  Leaves are edible and there are small bulbs beneath the leaves.

Gold Rush Apple (Malus domestica)
Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea) for a Vitamin C rich tea

Violets (Viola odorata) salad greens or thickener for soup...a bit like okra.  This is a European species.  The natives have the good sense to retreat to their roots.

Junior mint (Deerius poopicus) for fresh breath after dinner.


  1. Found a small bunch of chives at the bottom of the ramp in front of the house today. Tucked up close to the "warm" brick of the house.
    Dad loved black jelly beans. Told me when I was about 4 years old that Santa's reindeer made them for him. It took me YEARS until I was willing to eat one. The things parents tell their kids when they don't want to share their candy...