). Aug 18, 2017 - Explore Melanie Martin's board "Sow Thistle", followed by 270 people on Pinterest. Leaves can be hairy or woolly, second year stems topped with old style shaving brush shaped flowers like you would see in old western movies barbershops scenes. I like them enough to actually take the time and trim the spine tips so I don’t have to boil them as long. Have you heard of it being preserved like sauerkraut? Sow Thistle is one of my favorite greens when collected from a young plant growing in partial shade. Any ideas? Next, make up a marinade from the remainder of the first group of ingredients, using a splash of soy sauce, slugs of water and wine, seasoning and pinches of corn flour and sugar. If you like them have at them. Like you said, identify first! In Greece, it is used in winter salads, and has been for thousands of years. I just attended a foraging groups first meeting in my town {Davis CA} I am going to put a link to this article on their facebook. (This is similar to dandelion leaves.) The plant body looks a lot like bull thistle but sow thistle has a number of small, yellow flowers rather than one bulbous purple or tan flower. Sonchus asper is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). There is nothing wrong with eating the stalk of the spiny sow thistle (Sonchus asper) if you like it. SOWTHISTLE IN THE GARDENMost people tend to pull sowthistle out from their garden, considering them as unwanted weeds. Sow thistles have been used as fodder, particularly for rabbits, hence the other common names of "hare thistle" or "hare lettuce".They are also edible to humans as a leaf vegetable; old leaves and stalks can be bitter but young leaves have a flavour similar to lettuce.Going by the name puha or rareke (raraki) it is frequently eaten in New Zealand as a vegetable, particularly by the native Māori. [Sonchus oleraceus] are best and when the leaves are not bitter. The providers of this website accept no liability for the use or misuse of information contained in this website. Dry conditions also make the leaves more bitter. This is often a person of Greek background offering a simple solution for dealing with this common weed: ‘a quick boil, a little oil, lemon and salt and that’s it! Spear thistle has large, deeply-lobed leaves with large spines at the margins, as well as hairy, spiny stems. After boiling I strain them. The best part of the plant is the young leaves, raw or cooked. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. At any given time you are bound to find a sprouting, flowering, seeding or dying example of the genus. That is one of the general rules of foraging for wild food, besides that and never eating anything wild without positive identification and verification it is edible. Thank you for letting me know. If they aren’t in flower yet, what’s the best way to tell Sonchus from Senecio vulgaris? Cant wait to try this Katrina! Method- Take some butter and add to a pan. Somehow, I had never tried sow thistles and they are absolutely first-rate delicious, boiled 10 minutes, with a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. The root is edible, and according to one source, it tastes “like burdock root only better.”While burdock stalks are delicious, I really can’t stand burdock root, and I think it tastes like bitter dirt.Thus, I’m not excited about cooking up a thistle root. Seeds from plants in poor places are generally safe to use. According to this CSRIO research (on how to best kill the plant), there are three species of sowthistle in Australia, one native – Sonchus hydrophilus - and two introduced, Sonchus asper and Sonchus oleraceus. The leaves are also great to use as an antioxidant. The leaves of the basal rosette tend to have more spikes, but are generally less bitter It is sad to say but a lot of agri-business is not green, or perhaps not so in the United States. Starting in  mid-January in Florida, later north of here, two of three local species of sow thistles invade my lawn in great number. Due to the drought last year, my lettuce did not produce well. Common sow thistle is in the Compositae (Asteraceae) family. The young stalks peel and cooked are excellent, too. Sow thistle is one of the most plentiful wild plants you'll see in the Los Angeles area. Add a good slug of stock or water, reduce the heat to a. simmer and cover. Plant is pounded and applied as a poultice to wounds and boils. Do you know if it is ok to eat the blowwomed yellow flowers? See here for upcoming events>. 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