Spring Edible Plants

What a lovely walk Max and I had today! A little warm for early April, but there was a pleasant breeze and a clear blue sky. Lots of birds and butterflies. And plenty of snacks. Tasty asparagus tips (the leading ends of Smilax spp), delicious lavender dayflowers (Tradescantia ohiensis), and lemony sour wild sorrel leaves (Rumex spp).

I couldn’t resist also nibbling on some of the sugar snap flowers in the garden, even though I know that for every flower I eat, I’ll have one less pea pod!

I shared some cleavers with Max, who loves the stuff, and I think it is probably as good for his lymphatic system as it is for mine, although I can get the nutrients better from the tincture I made. (Neither one of us mind the fuzzy leaves.)

Prunus serotina
Prunus serotina
The chickasaw plums (Prunus angustifolia) and black cherries (Prunus serotina) are out although still green, and the sand blackberries (Rubus cuneifolius) are plumping up and soon we will be competing with the birds for these yummy treats.

Sand blackberry
Sand blackberry

After years of trying to pull them out of my garden, I finally decided to cultivate them instead, and the fencing and activity keep the birds and rabbits away so I am assured of at least a small harvest of these small tart wild blackberries.

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