Yesterday the kiddos went out into our yard and picked several small buckets of salad greens. And we hadn’t planted it in our garden, either. In fact, the lettuce I sowed this past hot summer miserably failed. Yesterday’s salad greens grew by themselves without any help from me! How is that for convenience? And free food?
Winter here in Central Florida means our yard hasn’t needed mowing for nearly two months, a perfect opportunity for wild greens to thrive. You can’t get this lucky with a well-manicured yard of thick grass with fertilizers and pesticides.
After the children had fun gathering wood-sorrel and a few wild violets, I methodically went through them to make sure no other green things (or other foreign objects) were volunteering for our evening salad. If we don’t recognize it, we don’t eat it.
We have several varieties of wood-sorrels in our yard. With three heart-shaped clover-like leaves growing on the end of each stem, they have violet, yellow or white flowers. The younger leaves, stems and flowers are tender and add a tasty tangy flavor to salad. If the stems are too big and tough, snip them off halfway down. Tie the discarded stems in a bundle to make a tea useful for fevers and urinary infections. This plant is high in vitamin C, so it’s a great winter edible.
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