Week of Nov. 8, 2016 - Wild Salads, Part 3

Tuesday, November 08, 2016 6:28 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

~ Winter Salads, Part 3 ~ 

Dandelion (Taraxacum off.)

Chicory (Chicorium intybus)
Don’t worry about distinguishing between the dandelion leaves and the chicory leaves. They look a lot alike right now, and both are great bitter additions, in moderation, to cold-weather salads.

(Stellaria pubera)

(Stellaria media)

Chickweed/Maidenwort (Stellaria pubera and Stellaria media)

Chickweed loves the cool weather, but not the frigid cold, so this is our last chance to enjoy her tender greens in our salads. We have both giant chickweed (S. pubera) and the regular small chickweed (S. media), and use them interchangably. The flowers of the giant chickweed are indeed very much bigger; the leaves are not much different, but their edges are wavy. The regular chickweed lies closer to the ground, and the flowers are so small as to be invisible. Either or both can be used in Triple Goddess Vinegar.

Mugwort/Cronewort (Artemisia vulgaris)
Here and there, little bits of cronewort are sprouting up, getting a head-start on the spring. We lift them by the roots now to protect the garden from being taken over, and use both roots and leaves for making Triple Goddess Vinegar. Finely minced roots and leaves go in the salad.

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