Thriving young plant of wild mustard. You would never know it was December by looking at this plant. Notice the deeply lobed lower leaves with large terminal segment and smaller lateral lobes. The mustard I grow in my garden is frilly while this one is not. However, the taste is the same, very distinct, almost like horseradish. You can eat it just like you can eat the mustard purchased in the grocery store (Food Saver carries it). It is especially good sauteed. You can also dehydrate it and add it to soup and stews. Once cooked, the strong flavor is tempered.
Burdock is a plant that grows for two years and then dies. See the spiky parts above? That is the skeleton of the second year plant and also the inspiration for Velcro. Really. The big leaf beneath is a first year plant and that is what you want. Right now is the best time to collect the roots on the first year plant because when it grows next year the roots will be used up to grow the flower heads. Just fyi, you can also buy Burdock root at Whole Foods just down the street, though it is a bit pricey!
Blackberry leaves. While blackberry season is over, you can still find the leaves on some of the plants. These can be used to make a great tea or as remedy for digestion problems. They also contain vitamin C.
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