posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 11:28 PM
Nice video, I love the intro music.
Caught some nice bird songs on there too.
Dandelion leaves aren't bitter if you can get them young enough. Once the flower sprouts then yeah it's pretty bitter. If you get them young enough
they're delicious, better than spinach. They call it "poor man's salad" in these parts.
I've always wondered if dandelion roots contain caffeine. I kind of doubt it though, or else one of these edible wild plant books would have
mentioned it. Maybe no one has ever tested.
This time of year we have lots of these growing around:
They're considered invasive weeds in some areas, called "dead nettle." The old people in my area erroneously call this a kind of poison oak, and I'm
not sure where that comes from, but I've confirmed that this is indeed "dead nettle" and that it's totally edible and very nutritious. It doesn't
taste that great but you can cook it and season it to your liking. I like vinegar on greens anyway.
Catnip is also out, not quite flowering yet here. It looks like many other members of the mint family, all of them edible. It tastes very strong
though, probably an acquired taste... Makes a relaxing tea.
Morels are out too:
But good luck finding those... I haven't seen any yet anyway. The weather this year has been pretty abusive towards any would-be morel fields I
think. They apparently favor 80 F days and 40 F nights, and no hotter or colder respectively... and a certain amount of water. But the days here
have been hotter than 80 F and then colder than 40 F at night, in a consistently annoying fashion... Those mushrooms are damned good to eat though, if
you can find them. They don't look like any others at this time of year, and they only come out during a small period of time in the spring. Ie
about right now.
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