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Old 04-30-2011, 05:06 PM   #1
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Cow slip buds

My dad was a E. Gibbons fan when I was growing up...we ate cattail roots, drank sumac tea, harvested morell mushrooms, etc. When we were in WI for Easter, the cow slips were developing their buds. The closed pod is peppery in taste. He picked a bunch of them for us to add to the watercress salad. A substitute for capers. I know I have cow slip plants in the bush--I'm going out tomorrow to check for buds. I think I should be able to pickle them the same way I do nasturium pods. Anyone have experience doing this (pickling cow slip buds)?

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Old 04-30-2011, 05:08 PM   #2
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Weren't cowslips a singing group many years ago?

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Old 04-30-2011, 05:20 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by licia View Post
Weren't cowslips a singing group many years ago?
That was the Cowsills.

My grandmother used to pick the leaves of cowslips on the sides of streams and in wet ditches when My Grandpa, my Dad, & I were hitting the trout streams. She'd take them home and boil them up as greens. I've never picked the buds, but as the plant flowers throughout spring and summer, I'd think you could find the buds all through the growing season. I think fiddleheads should be about ready to be harvested though.

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Old 04-30-2011, 06:30 PM   #4
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Gibbons would have tossed the cowslip buds in a dill crock. The fiddleheads are great steamed with hollandaise sauce.
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:03 AM   #5
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CWS, you aren't one of my boys, are you?

My kids wouldn't eat a vegetable from the garden to save their lives--but pick something out in the woods, and they loved it! Day lily buds were one of their favorites--just saute in a little butter til they are tender.
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