A place to record my adventures of being a gentle consumer and living more fully, with less stuff.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Greetings from the park a few minutes from my apartment!
The other evening after dinner I filled a backpack with my ID guides and foraging books and grabbed a basket, gloves, camera and my botany kit. I sat down amongst the weeds to see what I could see. I finally got a positive ID on one of the wild lettuces I've had my eye on. Lactuca serriola. Edible when very young, but apparently not as tasty as Lactuca canadensis, according to Sam Thayer. I also spent time with some plants of the Tragopogongenus, but I have to wait for a flower before I get a positive ID on the species. I suspect T. pratensis or T. dubius. I had a nibble of the flower buds and peduncles. Not bad. Will try some cooked next. Also had my first taste of wild carrot flowering stalk. Delicious! Don't worry. I was quite certain it was wild carrot and not one of the deadly poisonous members of the family. Soon the sky turned very dark to the North West, with an approaching storm, so home I went. IDed a chicory on the way! Wish you were here.