ever heard the term"cook in 4 waters"?Nancy in Maine said:I've tried dandelions, but can't seem to cook them so they're not bitter. My great aunt cooked some for me one time and I loved them! But I don't know her secret.
However, one of my favorite "vegetables" is fiddleheads. I pick them in May and freeze some. I'm down to my last quart. Is it almost May?
Yep, I'm a weed-eater, and proud of it.
The whole plant is pretty much edible from top to root, the tops before they turn brown and get fluffy can be roasted or steamed like corn on the cob. The pollen can be collected off the tops and added to flour for pancakes or bread, it's full of protein and turns a dark to bright yellow.revontulet said:oh yeah cattails! I've heard of people eating those.We have a lot of them here in Minnesota.
You eat those heads with all the fluff in them?
I haven't tried fried dandelions, but I have another aunt who has. She liked them. They supposedly taste like fried clams. But I don't like those, so I probably wouldn't like fried dandelions. I have made dandelion wine, but I did't like that either. I think because the recipe I had called for oranges, and I didn't care for orange wine.revontulet said:Cool story Roo
Nancy, I have relatives in ME so I know about fiddleheads.
I've heard of dandelion wine,sounds very interesting. Have you tried fried dandylion heads? The roots are supposed to be good for you too.
I haven't tried anything myself but I want to for sure...free food!
Have you've seen this old Country Magizine article about milkweed?
Here's another article by the same author