Plantain (not to be confused with the banana’ish plantain)
Did you know that Dandelion was brought over deliberately on the Mayflower for its panacea affect on many ailments? That you can batter and fry the flowers? That the leaves are best eaten when small and that emerging sprouts bear the nutrition of the full plant (and with Dandelion when it’s larger it turns bitter and medicinal so is handled differently)? Of course not. Who does know this.
Crabapple Tree. Crabapples make natural pectin, something added to jam to thicken it. They are often combined with other fruits for this very attribute to make lovely jam.
Violas, along with Pansies, Violets and Nasturtiums are all edible flowers perfect for a salad. Kate’s Rule of Thumb is ‘if there are 10 of something you can take a few; don’t ever totally deplete the plant’.
Would you have guessed a passel of weeds could be the basis of a sandwich this delicious looking?
We wiled away a few hours, eating and talking easily as though we’d known each other for much longer than a morning. We discussed food saving practices of canning, root cellaring, freezing, fermenting, and gleaning the fields after the traditional harvest for food. We sampled some of Kate’s coveted Juneberry jam. We were united in feeling Kate needs her own PBS program or at the least a YouTube instructional series. We will reconvene in a month to seek out Purslane and Sorrel which has not yet bloomed. I departed full of information and new budding friendships, a camaraderie committed to sustainable living and clean food, to sharing practices and skills with each other.
* A concise definition for ‘permaculture’ is hard to nail down. It is a concept pertaining to living in balance with nature, in a sustainable manner with regard to food and environment.