943. Edible weeds

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Rhoda was an enthusiast. Sometimes she was accused of not being able to stick to something, but it was nothing like that at all. She would do something for a year, and then move on to another interest. All her interests had something to do with food. Two years ago she was into making pickles and chutneys. She had cupboards full of every combination; fig and leek chutney for example, and apple, rosemary and mango. Last year she was into breads; she made every type of bread under the sun. And this year (she had been given a book for Christmas) she was into edible weeds.

Until her Christmas gift – Edible Weeds of the World – Rhoda had no idea that so many of the plants growing wild were able to be eaten. First she tried wild onion. It grew everywhere. It seemed to be a cross between onion and garlic, and the leaves, flowers and bulbs could all be devoured. Why anyone would ever need to buy onions and garlic and chives after this discovery was anyone’s guess. Wild onions were as common as anything.

And then there were gorse flowers, and wild nasturtiums, and the roots and uncurled fronds of specific ferns, and fennel, and mint, and thistle heads, and… Quickly, Rhoda’s edible weed menu grew and developed into a huge and burgeoning thing of wonder. She foraged and found and used all sorts of weeds she hadn’t even known existed.

It was such a shame when she poisoned her whole family.

29 thoughts on “943. Edible weeds

  1. Cynthia Jobin

    “it’s just parsley,
    be at ease…”
    people said
    when Socrates

    took some hemlock
    quite instead
    and afterward
    appeared quite dead.

    Some things look
    an awful lot
    like other things
    which they are not.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      On a more unrhyming note (and whoever thought rhyming with Socrates would be a breeze!) when I was in Boston some conifer trees were called hemlock, but I had known only the weed which looks a little like a carrot plant!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I agree – although there is an abundance now (I notice) in the bookshops of books on “edible weeds” and “edible fungus”. It’s tempting but I think I’ll stick with the tried and true (except maybe for the wild onions).

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  2. southamptonoldlady

    Bushcraft or “Foraging for Food” is so rife in the forests surrounding where I live in South England, that top London restaurants come and swoop up all the edible wild fungus and plants for free and charge a fortune for them.
    A woman died on the Isle of Wight (near me) few years ago after picking, cooking and eating a poisonous fungus – It is why people started only eating ones only bought in grocers – though now I am a bit dubious of trendy London restaurants. BBC newsclip: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/8574915.stm

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  3. umashankar

    I knew the gathering storm had to lead to something cataclysmic. On second thoughts, Rhoda would make an ideal subject for terraforming alien planets in hostile solar systems in galaxies far far away. Do send a link to NASA.

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