It's been a short and sweet week for foraging. I've been extremely busy this week as I started doing--- ballroom dancing! It's been exciting to say the least, and although I've only gone to 2 dance lessons, I'm already hooked!!
While the weather was nice on Tuesday and Wednesday, I had no time for foraging. As luck would have it, come Thursday when I thought to re-visit Buckthorn Woods, it rained.
I decided to collect a few wild edibles from my neighbor's lawn and it was NOT a good idea. Foraging during the rain or just after it's rained is a really bad idea, unless you and mosquitoes are bosom pals. While I've been getting better acquainted with those in the insect world, mosquitoes and I have yet to come to a mutual understanding ;)
Of course, the really obvious thing about rain and foraging is that the plants are wet. That means your hands get wet, with wet bits sticking to them so that you have to brush them off on on your pants. Your feet get wet and/or dirty, in my case both as I went out wearing sandals. Plus, they had mowed the other day, so I was leaving grass footprints wherever I went.
On the plus side, I did manage to gather up a small amount of Pellitory, Wood Sorrel and Malva for the next pesto. I ended up adding in 3 stalks of Broccoli, 2 cups of Green Beans and 1 cup of fresh Basil leaves. I had a bit of pesto remaining from 2 days ago, where I had added too much Lentils and it was quite thick, so I pureed the lot together and it was just the right consistency and greeny taste I was looking for. Pestos, gotta love 'em! :)
And speaking of which, my next mini-foraging jaunt was at work today, where I found many Strawberry and Violet leaves peeping up at me from between tall blades of grass. I collected a few Dock leaves and just a few small leaves of Dandelion and Common Sow Thistle --- too much and the whole pesto will have you making that scrunched up bitter face!
Ah yes, that's right, I almost forgot to mention that my other neighbors invited to take a peek-see in their garden. They are the only house on the block that has a rambling front garden, key note rambling, as it's a bit unkept!
I went over the other day and was invited to take some of their Hibiscus flowers for tea.
And oh, I did, I did!
Great big white showy flowers with pink centers, some hot pink fuschia ones and a few red ones. Hibiscus flowers are edible and make for a stunning centerpiece atop a salad, I kid you not!
I don't eat the stamens, and if you are allergic to pollen, you might want to be choosy about which flowers you take. I chose to eat the hot pink ones, the taste was just marvelous with that pesto I mentioned previously. They did have some pollen in them, unlike the white ones which I dried for future infusions.
Being a cooling plant, the flowers make a tangy tasting tea, great for those hot summer days to quench your thirst. And being in the Malvaceae family, Hibiscus root can be used similarly to Marshmallow root, great to help heal those with leaky guts.
While the neighbors had many other goodies growing, including Habanero peppers, Zukes and Tomatoes, I partook of a good bunch of fresh Basil, Parsley, Chive and Mint. Except for the Mint, they were all pureed into a pesto that was really one of the better tasting ones I've made :)
Alas, fall is almost upon us with the end of August and the beginning of September, yet the weather continues to remain hot and steamy. While a bit too hot for my tastes, no complaints, because before long the cooler days of fall will be here, not before long melding into the snowy days of winter.
Next week looks most promising for foraging, and I still have a hankering to gather up some more Red Clover blossoms. Also on the list is:
On to the next great foraging adventure, so keep up that radiant light, sunshine :)
PS. No pics this time around, but maybe on the next go, m'dear :)
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