More rain. You'd think it was the month of April and not June! But alas it is and there's been no rain yesterday or today. Which meant an opportunity to get some foraging done!
Things were still just slightly wet, and I noticed the plants at work hadn't grown much. I collected the usual dandelion and violet leaves, got a few big strawberry leaves and several plantain and wood sorrel leaves this time around. White clover flowers were blooming and I picked a few heads. I also took some red clover leaves (the ones with the chevron on them) and some white clover leaves (no chevron, just 3 green leaves!). This is the one time where that rule of "leaves of 3 let it be" does not apply! Leaves and flowers can be eaten in salad or thrown in soup or even dried for tea.
In fact, one of my favorite teas is red clover tea. It tastes almost like orange pekoe tea when I add almond milk and stevia. Just love making a strong infusion when I have my period and drinking 4 liters of her all day long! Yes, red clover is an excellent emmenagogue, high in phyto-estrogens. Anti-spasmodic too.
And finally, a few new additions: prunella and dock!
Yes, prunella is also called All-Heal or Self-heal, but her latin name just sticks in my mind. She is supposed to be used to cure any ailment, hence her name, but I know and use her better as an excellent lymph mover. Moving the lymph means helping to drain any kind of lymphatic congestion in the body (e.g. swollen glands, boils, abscesses, edema) and also to help with weight loss. You can get prunella mixed with sugar or honey sold as tea from Asian markets, but I just buy her whole (for tea). I can get a shopping bag full for $10, but prunella, that lil sweetie (emphasis on the "lil") she's most probably growing right in your backyard. She grows wild in fields and wood clearings, too. You can eat her leaves and tiny purple flowers, if you like, or even throw her flowering tops into soup. Well, I told you I throw most things in my cauldron, didn't I?
I took but a few dock leaves as there were only a couple of plants. Later on the green seeds will turn brown (in the fall), but I know of a field where there are tons of docks to be had ---and tons of spiders, too :O
Speaking of fields, there's one I pass by to get to work and it's been mowed! Doesn't seem to be that many plants growing, more like grass, but it's hard to tell when you're whizzing along on a bike :) Anyway, might get a chance later on in the season...
Speaking of that field where the docks are growing, I should pass by on a dry day this week. I saw several milkweed pods and flowers while out for a walk today, and that same field has many milkweed plants and sumac growing, or at least it did last year.
Ooh, fun foraging adventures await!
Now if this rain can just abate...I'll be in foraging business! FREE food for one!
Curiosity Got The Cat: