Came across a new plant while out for a jog: galinsoga parviflora , called Gallant Soldiers in Britain. Leaves and flowers are edible, can eat raw in salads, eat steamed, or add to soups and stews. I'm sure this is another green herb that could be dried and added to a wild greens powder.
How fun to discover new plants!!
Interestingly, when I saw her, I asked her name, and it came to me galinsoga. Strange, because when I've done that in the past, plants usually don't respond! But then I remembered I had most probably had a brief interaction with her last summer and it was a name my memory dredged up.
In any case, galinsoga is her latin name and I'm happy to have gotten better acquainted with her this year. Indeed, I'm going to be actively seeking her out and adding her to pestos AND drying her for future soups. YAY!
Also spotted some huge Lamb's Q growing right in the middle of these concrete raised beds in the middle of the road. In previous years, the city had planted flowers, but they had decided not to this year. Instead, good ol' weedy friends are growing there now. I was tempted to take Lamb's Q, but I know foraging plants close to the street is not recommended. I did take a sprig of Penny Cress, now all gone to seed, to plant next year. The seeds, just like Pepper Grass and Shepherd's Purse, can be ground and used as a pepper substitute
In the previous post, I had forgotten the name of 2 pea flowers, but while flipping through a foraging book for my area, came across the names: Yellow Vetchling or Yellow Flowered Pea and Everlasting Sweet Pea or Perennial Pea (pink colored). Toxicity is noted in large doses. I've tried a few while out and about as a trailside nibble. Not bad at all. Will have to look further and see what others have come across in terms of toxicity.
Have 2 unidentified plants to find out who they are: one looks like Flax, very distinct pattern of the leaves, but the flowers are so tiny. Another one I'm sure there were seeds in the compost, because I found her in almost all of my pots. Also distinct pattern of clusters of flowers growing on the central stem.
On further inspection, yes, it's definitely flax! I planted her in a flower box last year and some seeds must've remained in the soil. As for the other, not sure yet....but I did find another weedy friend that had made her home without an invitation: Lady's Thumb! While there are a few different persicarias in my area, Lady's Thumb has that easy-to identify splotch on the leaves. Of course she's edible and being high in oxalic acid, I naturally added her to the pot with other wild greens to make a most tasty pesto.
Yep, I've been making a pesto most days now. Last one I made had tons of Wood Sorrel and Common Sow Thistle. A bit much on the sour and bitter flavors, but that's OK. Tasted fine when eaten with sweet Carrot and Flax crackers, yummers!
Alrighty, darling sunshine dear, all for now...hope for more foraging adventures in the future, cuz the weather is sticky and hot!
Curiosity Got The Cat: