It's time to stop and smell the flowers with Mobile Botanical Director Bill Finch. Well, we're actually going to stop and EAT the flowers…starting with Nasturtiums. Nasturtiums are beautiful and delicious, with a hint of sweetness followed by a very light twang. Imagine how well a few of these could dress up a salad!
Artichokes. The part we eat is actually a flower that tastes better than it looks. It grows atop a large stalk…like something out of Dr. Seuss. This one needs steaming before you try to eat it.
Smilax, Greenbrier, or Cat Brier. Wow. Here's one I'd probably put out on the street with the trash—but I'd be wrong. This pesky thorned vine is actually a member of the asparagus family, and it tastes like it! Can be eaten raw or cooked.
Rattlesnake weed is member of the mint family. You eat the small tuber that looks like a rattlesnake's rattle—hence the name. There may be some in your yard; there's a veritable banquet of the stuff in mine. (If you'd like to reduce the amount of rattlesnake weed in the spring, you'll need to mow your yard over the winter.
You can't eat everything in the yard, but there may be more there than you suspect. If you'd like to know more about surprising edible plants, contact Mobile Botanical Gardens at mobilebotanicalgardens.com.
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