This is a young sow thistle, they grow wild all over the open areas around our woods and cabin. The blooms look very much like a dandelion flower...it's not time for the blooms yet and we were so anxious to try it that this one will never have flowers, it served as our greens for dinner!
You can eat the stems and leaves, and even the flower buds. One of the good things about living far from town is we can be sure these sow thistles (weeds to most people) have not been sprayed with any kind of pesticide.
After harvesting, you wash and cut (we kept the stems long for this picture so yo could see how it looks, but cut them into smaller pieces for cooking).
Boil them in water for 5 minutes. The next time, we are going to try eating them without boiling...I'm not a lover of boiled veggies of any kind...and maybe grill or pan fry them.
Look at the lovely deep green color! Johny added a little extra virgin olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and salt. They were quite good...mild with just a hint of bitterness, the stems were a little crunchy, and the leaves had the texture of spinach or chard. It was a perfect accompaniment to our pork chops, which I grilled and then served with the fresh pineapple sage chopped into apple sauce as a condiment...YUM!
If you've never tried eating any wild edibles, I highly recommend it. Nature provides so many interesting things to supplement our diets. If you do decide to try it, make sure you research what is edible and how to harvest/clean/cook it.
You know what they say, one persons yard weed is another persons nutrition, LOL!
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