Showing posts from June, 2011

Wood Sorrel

I was rather excited that on the last "walk" at the state park the wood sorrel was willing to be sampled. It's fun to watch the faces of people when they first taste it. The children usually label it the lemon plant. We use it on an everyday basis as we check our garden. We nibble on the whole plant from its shamrock shaped leaves to its tender fuzzy stem.  It pops up everywhere and sometimes I need to send it packing so the other domesticated snobby vegetables can have a little breathing space. Oh sure, you could mistake it for clover but clover leaves don't taste the same at all and the flower is different and the leaves are oval on a clover where the sorrel has heart shaped leaves and a yellow flower. It grows in moist, partially shaded areas, disturbed areas, lawns and right smack dab in the middle of my vegetables (which by the way are not in the shade or a moist area). I personally have used it in salads. It has a lot of vitamin C. Also oxalic acid but n

Wild Greens Quiche

Nettle in among the Ferns On our last wild edible walk at the state park I brought a sample for people to try of a wild greens quiche. I had stinging nettles, lambs quarters, wild leeks and a few violet leaves in it. The violet leaves are not listed in the recipe but if ya want, toss some in. Pick your greens and unless they are lying face down in the mud (Or you just have to wash everything) just look them over and chop chop. Actually if you want to, you can put stems in too. We do, but hey it's your quiche. The stinging nettles will sting ya if you aren't careful but once they are cooked there is non of that business going on. Your tongue will thank you. Lamb's Quarter we let grow among our tomatoes. Spinach-Lambs Quarter-Nettle leaf Quiche in a Rice Crust     1 ½ cups cooked rice (brown or white) 3 eggs 1 cup shredded cheddar (sharpish) cheese About 10oz. Combined lambs quarter and nettle leaves and spinach (or just half and half lambs quarter and nett

lambs quarter

Now is the time for Lambs quarter, alias wild spinach. I was harvesting my domesticated spinach for a wonderful salad and in among the city slickers was a wild child. This delicate leafy green has been used as a substitute for baby spinach. We eat it raw or cooked. As a matter of fact I also used it in a spinach quiche I made the other day. Just one cup of cooked wild spinach provides an excellent source of vitamin A, folate, magnesium, potassium, vitamins E, B6, thiamine and vitamin C. Wild spinach actually contains substantially more nutrients than cultivated spinach. It has a more mild, less metallic flavor than mature spinach. Both the leaves and stem are edible. One of its characteristics is the powdery, grainy white coating on the back side of the leaves. For the quiche I just went online and googled spinach quiche. Oh and if you are wheat intolerant you can type in rice crust quiche recipe. It tasted great. This is a very common wild plant (notice we didn't