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There are cinnamon ferns and ostrich ferns in the swamp. Now they're really unfurling, but before they were fiddleheads, and I picked some of the ostrich fern ones and we ate them (cinnamon ferns are too fuzzy!)



Japanese knotweed shoots are supposed to be a nice wildfood, but so far I always overcook them and they just taste green. But they're supposed to be like rhubarb, so maybe I should try sweetening them. The Ainu used to have Japanese knotweed as a part of their diet (as I found out from wakanomori's book).


Dandelions--so nice to be picking their leaves again for the guinea pigs. Their bright flowers are like symbols of stars, and the way they dot a lawn is like stars in a night sky--yellow stars in a green sky, though.


(those ones were small, so I didn't put them behind cuts...)

I tried sprouting lentils, and we had them over rice. They tasted lovely, like snowpeas... and the snowpeas are up, in my garden.

There is a wren singing and singing out back--I think perhaps it was the victor in the battle of the bluebird box, as there is no sign of the tufted titmice or the bluebirds. When it sings, its whole throat vibrates--as if the song is almost too big to fit in him. He's such a tiny bird! The liner notes to a collection of traditional folk songs (the collection is called "Whoever Shall Have Some Good Peanuts," sung by Sam Hinton) I have says that "the wren used to be considered the King of Birds." I see both house wrens and Carolina wrens, but it's a house wren that's taken the house.

I'm reading Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys. Here's a marvelous quote: "All this was long ago, when I was still babyish and sure everything was alive, not only the river or the rain, but chairs, looking-glasses, cups, saucers, everything."

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sufitom
May. 5th, 2006 09:14 am (UTC)
Why do dandelions get such a bad rap? I kind of like them. My suburban neighbors will lay down tons of chemicals just to kill the poor little dandelions.
dream_wind
May. 5th, 2006 09:36 am (UTC)
And kill everything else! The only way to remove dandelions is to pull them up by hand. They make very fine tea.
asakiyume
May. 5th, 2006 09:46 am (UTC)
and, some people say, a good salad green, though I think they're pretty bitter. Guinea pigs like them, though.
sufitom
May. 5th, 2006 09:50 am (UTC)
I've heard about the tea, wine also. How would one go about making the tea. Is it hard? I ask because, much to my neighbors dismay, I have a number of dandelions around.
dream_wind
May. 5th, 2006 09:35 am (UTC)
I won't ever be trying the knotweed... it's a weed of national significance here in Australia. Means it's a serious plant pest and everyone is trying to wipe it out.
(Anonymous)
May. 5th, 2006 09:44 am (UTC)
But what better way to wipe it out than to eat it?? It's a plant pest here, too. I used to be scared of it as a kid, and my mother told me how hard it was to get rid of.

asakiyume
May. 5th, 2006 09:46 am (UTC)
That was me, btw.
whiskeredsadie
May. 5th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
Dandelions are one of my favorites. And we have an anti-pesticide by-law in halfiax, fortunately, which means that dandelions are fluorishing :)
babydriver
May. 5th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC)
When I buy a house I fully intend to encourage dandelions. They're beautiful! When I was little I used to run before the lawnmower and pick all that I could. I'd fill every cup I could find with them! Now my father's smartened up and uses pesticides, or I'd still be picking them. :(
miafedup
May. 5th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
Dandelions are glorious. Can't imagine killing something so delicate. Boo hiss all over that.
ex_stdymphna813
May. 6th, 2006 08:26 am (UTC)
wow i love wild foods, it seems you get some good ones out there.
joybon
May. 6th, 2006 09:15 am (UTC)
These are marvellous!
I love the prism through which you see the world!
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