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Old 11-01-2012, 02:32 PM   #31
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The nemesis of every one who want a perfect lawn. Dandelion greens. For years the Italians in this area used to go out to the highways and dig them up from the median strips in the middle of the roads. Too many folks getting hit by cars, so they put a stop to it. Now they stick to lawns. If they see that you have a lot of them on your lawn, they will knock on your door and ask if they can dig them up.

Another one is Fiddleheads. They grow along the banks of streams. Again the Italians will go into the woods and harvest them. Get enough and they sell them to the supermarkets. Very pricey.
I use dandelions often. Leaves and flowers for salads, greens for soups, steaming etc. Roasted roots make a nice coffee substitute and I love making dandelion wine.
It's a precious herb

What are fiddleheads?
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:01 PM   #32
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I use dandelions often. Leaves and flowers for salads, greens for soups, steaming etc. Roasted roots make a nice coffee substitute and I love making dandelion wine.
It's a precious herb

What are fiddleheads?
Fiddleheads are when ferns first poke their heads through the soil before they unfurl. You have to be there early in the morning to get them As the day wears on, they open up real quick.

Fiddlehead fern - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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I remember as a kid, my friend ( who happened to be Greek) was embarrassed, because the school bus would pass his house, and out on the front lawn was his grandmother sitting on a lawn chair, in the front yard, picking and cleaning the dandelion leaves. His law was the worst one in the neighborhood.
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:42 AM   #34
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I remember as a kid, my friend ( who happened to be Greek) was embarrassed, because the school bus would pass his house, and out on the front lawn was his grandmother sitting on a lawn chair, in the front yard, picking and cleaning the dandelion leaves. His law was the worst one in the neighborhood.

Luckily my kids do that kind of thing with me, they enjoy it, wouldn't want to be an embarrasment
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:25 AM   #35
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Hi all! Found some Dutch clover today. There's plenty growing in a spot where I can safely pick it. I know you can make a tea from the flowers and I've eaten a few leaves before. Any ideas how it can be used?

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Lambsquarter is a common spinach like wild green that grows all over North America.

I remember my grandmother gathering poke salad but never understood exactly when to harvest as it can be toxic at a certain point.

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I remember going out to the empty lot behind my Grandparents and picking Lambsquarter and my Grandmother cooking it up for us.I miss her and that taste.
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We used to pick miners lettuce that we found growing along streams on our backpack trips. We would usually take 1 head of iceburg to mix it with and a couple of tomatoes so we had fresh salad for a couple of days.By the end of the trip everything was in cans that we buried along the way into the Sierras (horses/mules in-walk out).Grandpa used to pack a little 151 and Tang for a pre-dinner cocktail.We ate alot of trout that we caught and even smoked some for the return trips. He would also chew a little tree sap sometimes like chewing gum.
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Thank you all for the replies :)
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I remember going out to the empty lot behind my Grandparents and picking Lambsquarter and my Grandmother cooking it up for us.I miss her and that taste.
I haven't heard the words Lambsquarters and poke salad since i was a kid.
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Jerusalem Artichoke, aka sunchokes. They flower in the fall, grow
quite tall, and once they have died back, the tuberous roots are
edible.
Easy to identify when flowering. because the flowers smell somewhat
like chocolate!
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