My banana plant loves this humid weather!
Yesterday, Michael and I planted the herb garden – YUMMY!
I always like the shape of the leaves. The trees at the art museum are slowly becoming bare.
Teal is my LEAST favorite color and we were very surprised when we came across teal and purple berries on our walk in West Reading today! This is apparently an invasive plant called a “porcelain berry” that produces various color berries on its stems! It was odd to see a teal colored berry in nature!
As I weed outside, I have a need to identify some of my weeds. Guess what? I found out some are edible!
Edible Parts: Flowers; Leaves; Seed.
Leaves – raw or cooked. A very acceptable spinach substitute, the taste is a little bland but this can be improved by adding a few stronger-flavoured leaves. One report says that, when eaten with beans, the leaves will act as a carminative to prevent wind and bloating. The leaves are best not eaten raw, see the notes above on toxicity. The leaves are generally very nutritious but very large quantities can disturb the nervous system and cause gastric pain. The leaves contain about 3.9% protein, 0.76% fat, 8.93% carbohydrate, 3% ash. A zero moisture basis analysis is also available. Edible seed – dried and ground into a meal and eaten raw or baked into a bread. The seed can also be sprouted and added to salads. The seed is very fiddly to harvest and use due to its small size. Although it is rather small, we have found the seed very easy to harvest and simple enough to utilize. The seed should be soaked in water overnight and thoroughly rinsed before being used in order to remove any saponins. The seed contains about 49% carbohydrate, 16% protein, 7% ash, 5.88% ash. Young inflorescences – cooked. A tasty broccoli substitute.
Next up is pennsylvania smartweed, which has medicinal uses for humans, but also is excellent for bird food:
Leaf Tea used for heart ailments, stomachaches, inflammation, sore throat, and as a diuretic. Also used against kidney stones. Leaf tea also used as a foot soak for pain in legs and feet.
Whole plant poultice used for general pain, poison ivy rash, and insect repellent.
Juice from this plant may cause dermatitis.
And, last but not least, plaintain:
Edible Parts: Leaves; Root; Seed.
Edible Uses: Tea.
Young leaves – raw or cooked. They are rather bitter and tedious to prepare because the fibrous strands need to be removed before use. It is best not to use the leaf-stalk since this is even more fibrous than the leaf. Many people blanch the leaves in boiling water before using them in salads in order to make them more tender. A Chinese form has more palatable leaves – it contains about 2.7% protein, 0.4% fat, 2.2% ash. Seed – raw or cooked. Very tedious to harvest. The seed can be ground into a meal and mixed with flour. It is very rich in vitamin B1. The whole seeds can be boiled and used like sago. The dried leaves make an acceptable tea.
Anyone want a salad? I got plenty!
It’s called a stinkhorn mushroom!! Gross.