Archive | June, 2010

Delicious Wild Edible Weekend

19 Jun

Delicious Wild Edible Weekend

What a life! Over the course of the last few days, Jacob (a friend of mine) and I took part in a wild edible workshop near Hood River, Oregon. Our mission was simple, “Learn as much about wild edible as we can from John Kallas,” the class instructor. The operation was a success, and for the next three days we were out in the field (literally) from 6:00 AM until the sun set at 9:30 PM studying, picking, digging, preparing, and eating every type of wild edible offered in the Pacific Northwest.

While I considered myself somewhat of a wild edible expert, I was humbled by the plethora of new plants that I had yet to discover. Among some of my favorite new delicacies were: (more…)

Miner’s Lettuce

19 Jun

Miner’s Lettuce

Common Name: Miner’s Lettuce

Latin Name: Claytonia perfoliata

Description: Miner’s lettuce is an annual plant that usually pops its head out in early spring. It is light green in color, and has round, disk-like leaves, which surround its smooth, tender stem. This stem, which passes directly through the round leaf, is a key identifier of Miner’s Lettuce. After the plant has bloomed, one can observe a small white or pinkish color flower growing on top of its rounded leaves. Miner’s Lettuce ranges in height from 1 to 12 inches and may have anywhere from 1 to 25+ stems growing out of a single root. (more…)

Dandelions

19 Jun

Dandelions

Common Name: Dandelion

Latin Name: Taraxacum officinale

Description: Dandelions typically have sharply serrated, green leaves that resemble teeth. These leaves grow in clusters called basil rosettes. Dandelions have one yellow flower per stem. When mature, flowers turn into white, puffballs that many of us blew with the wind in our childhood. (more…)

Purslane

18 Jun

Purslane

Common Name: Purslane

Latin Name: Portulaca oleracea

Description: Purslane leaves are green, paddle shaped,  and have a reddish stem. The plant stem is smooth and succulent and will emit a slimy, okra-like juice when bent or broken. Hidden amidst the leaves of the plant are tiny, yellow flowers with five petals. (more…)

Stinging Nettles

17 Jun

Stinging Nettles

Common Name: Stinging Nettle

Latin Name: Urtica diocia

Description: Stinging Nettle is a green plant with finely serrated, heart-shaped leaves. The small, greenish flowers that grow on the Stinging Nettle grow in clusters and droop from its leaves. The nettle can grow up to 7 feet tall and is covered with tiny stinging hairs, which give the plant its name. (more…)

Lamb’s Quarters

16 Jun

Lamb’s Quarters

Common Name: Lamb’s Quarters

Latin Name: Chenopodium album

Description: Lamb’s quarter can grown up to 10 feet tall. The plant has triangular leaves that green in color.  Leaves are dusted with a waxy whitish film, which rubs off when touched. Flowers are tiny and grow in the crown of the plant. (more…)

Clovers

16 Jun

Clovers

Common Name: Clover

Latin Name: Trufolium repens

Description: Clovers have round green leaves with whitish crescent-shaped prints. Leaves grown in groups of three. Flowers range in color, have upwards of 40 petals, and cluster together creating an overall spherical shape. (more…)

Plantain

15 Jun

Plantain

Common Name: Plantain

Latin Name: Plantago major

Description: Plantain leaves can grow up to 1 foot in length. They can range in shape from round to lance leafed. Leaves are of solid green pigment and have very defined parallel veins running up the underside. Plantain buds and flowers grow at the top of a long narrow stem and bare slight resemblance to baby corn. (more…)

Sheep Sorrel

14 Jun

Sheep Sorrel

Common Name: Sheep Sorrel

Latin Name: Rumex acetosella

Description: Sheep Sorrel can very from 6 inches to 2 feet in height. It has lance shaped green leaves with two lobes that are very distinguishable from other plants. Many people who identify Sheep Sorrel for their first time comment that its leaves resemble a fish or a sword. The flowers grow on the plants elongated stock and range in color from white to red. (more…)