Friday, January 30, 2015

What's Growing in January in Tennessee?

Several days ago I took a walk in one of my favorite parks, Harlinsdale, to see what is growing in one of the coldest months of the year for Tennessee.  I found thriving watercress, field pennycress, wild mustard, motherwort, chickweed, wild garlic, clover, dead nettle, ground ivy and plantain.  Here are some of the photos!

Field pennycress, tastes mildly spicy with a hint of garlic. It is really starting to come in season.
English plantain, can be eaten as a green or made into a wonderful salve for the skin.
White avens, Geum canadense, in the rose family.  The roots have been used as a chocolate substitute and for flavoring beer.  It has also been used in Indian medicine for digestive disorders. 
Wild garlic, can be used like you would use chives.

Young purple dead nettle, member of the mint family though it is not minty.


More wild garlic, one of my favorite spring edibles!  It's popping up everywhere.
Wild mustard, starting to sprout out!  It's spicy eaten raw but mild when cooked.
Ground ivy, in the mint family and makes a great herb.  It's flavor is a cross between sage and rosemary. 

1 comment:

  1. I've been picking dead nettle to feed to the chickens for something green in the winter. I really enjoy seeing what plants you have growing and learning more of their names. Thank you!