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Inspecting a Lemon: Yellow Wood Sorrel

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in edible, flowers, spring, Unmowed Blog | 1 comment

Inspecting a Lemon: Yellow Wood Sorrel

When I was a kid, I would taste anything—it’s a wonder I’m still alive, really. I sampled grass, mushrooms, dandelions. But here’s a real treat: wood sorrel.

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Ferns: Can You Eat Fiddleheads?

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in edible, spring, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Ferns: Can You Eat Fiddleheads?

A fiddlehead isn’t a type of fern–fiddlehead simply means a young fern. There are fiddleheads you can eat, and then there are ones you shouldn’t fiddle with.

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Spring Greens

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in edible, spring, Unmowed Blog | 1 comment

Spring Greens

The thing about spring greens is that you have to catch them early. Before the flowers arrive. Once you see the flowers, it’s too late–all that tender sweetness is gone. Think of lettuce bolting. Once the plant flowers, the leaves change from a tasty, crunchy mouthful to a bitter pill to swallow.

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Prickly Pear: Handle With Care

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in edible, environment, fall, plant parts, Unmowed Blog | 4 comments

Prickly Pear: Handle With Care

Prickly pear cactus. A quiet, well-behaved plant, as house-plants go. These guys have been living meekly in their pots for more than twenty years—just getting taller and taller. They’re in an upstairs room, and I keep forgetting to water them, and every six months or so I go upstairs with a watering pot, fully expecting to find shriveled corpses. But prickly pear is a plant that’s hard to kill. This spring, I decided to take pity on the poor things and let them enjoy a pleasant summer soaking up the sun on the front porch. As I maneuvered one of the lanky plants down the stairs and out...

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Dandelion: Sparkling Wine

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in edible, flowers, spring, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Dandelion: Sparkling Wine

Dandelion wine. “The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered.” Ray Bradbury, the great science fiction writer, was a man who knew how to appreciate summer. And he really knew how to appreciate dandelions:“A pride of lions on the lawn.” To make dandelion wine, you need the full-blown blossoms. What’s more, you have to harvest the flowers when they’re open. Since dandelion flowers close up tight on cloudy or rainy days, you have no choice but to wait for sunshine. All recipes for dandelion wine agree that you have to pick...

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Can You Eat Poison Ivy?

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in edible, leaves, poison ivy, Unmowed Blog | 15 comments

Can You Eat Poison Ivy?

In my poison ivy research I keep running into the old belief that eating a leaf of poison ivy every day in the spring will make you immune to the itch.

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