We did some exploring this weekend. Here are some of the great plants from Maury County, Tennessee, all blooming in mid April!
|Spiny annual sow thistle, Sonchus asper, edible like greens, better when young and trim the spines off.|
|Mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum, produces a tropical flavored fruit which can only be eaten when overripe, yellow and slightly wrinkled or will be toxic. Do not eat the seeds.|
|Field Yarrow, Achillia millefolium, an amazing healing herb with along history of use. |
Dried yarrow is good at stopping blood flow from a wound especially mixed with powdered cayenne.
|Ground Ivy, aka Creeping Charlie, Glechoma hederacea, is in the mint family. It can be used as a seasoning. It tastes like a cross between sage and rosemary. It grows everywhere!|
|Curly Dock, Rumex crispus, leaves are edible like spinach and will produce many red seeds that can be dried and ground for a flour substitute or addition.|
|Chickweed, Stellaria media, great in salads and pestos and can easily be dehydrated for winter use. It has a crunchy, fresh green taste.|