I know you all have been muchin’ salad lately. The fresh greens of spring are something we look forward to all year. Baby lettuce, spinach, arugula….and what of the wild greens? My lettuce is there but often hidden under handfuls of french sorrel, dandelion greens, chervil, arugula (leaves and flowers), rocket, mint leaves…all of which I wrote about last spring here.
Arugula is in the Cruciferae family ( as in cross, see the flowers, they are all like that) though now the family is called Brassicaceae after it’s most popular member, broccoli. Arugula flowers, as well all the other Cruciferae cousins flowers are edible, just look here. This season I have added Siberian Elm seeds and Mallow Leaves to the mix.
I know the Siberian Elm can seem a great nuance, and that it is when those seeds go flying and take root just about everywhere…but if you pick the seeds before they fly, when bright green and brand new, they are sweet and delicious. I have heard they can be eaten later too, cooked with the papery seed hulls rubbed off according to eattheweeds.com
My newest friend, ground cover, medicine, and munchy is Malva. It has been used for everything from headaches, to poultices to post- partum cleanses. The leaves can be eaten young and are medicinal. This sweet little blog tells you even more.
So as your greens come up, don’t forget to eat those weeds!!