I have two helpers in the garden this week and one of the jobs was to pull up all the garlic mustard / løkurt which was in danger of spreading big time! When I returned home, Tone was sitting outside patiently pulling off the young seed pods. They were cooked up in a failed attempt to make them less fibrous. She then separated the young green seeds for a tasty exclusive relish which we ate with dinner!
7 years ago on 27th July 2008 and the first flower on Aster scaber / Korean Aster opened in the garden :)
I’m excited by my first crop of Haskaps (Honeyberries or Blue Honeysuckle / Blåleddved). Even though the plants are only about 25-30 cm tall, all my five neglected plants had plenty of berries. I’m growing the following cultivars: “Borealis”; “Honey Bee”; “Indigo Gem”, “Tundra” and one other nameless.
I’m sure they’ll make a great dried berry and I’m keen to grow more. Unlike bilberries / blåbær, they don’t mind my alkaline soil!
More weedo wierdo pesto…this time based on superweed Sonchus oleraceus / common sow thistle / haredylle, basil, garlic, chili and sesame seed..
I just discovered that Hablitzia was one of the ingredients in my first world record salad in 2001…. I had received both cuttings and seeds from Mona Hellberg in Alunda, Sweden in May 2000 after my first attempt from seed had failed the year before. Therefore, the leaves I used in that salad were from a plant about a year old, possibly the first time I tried them. Interestingly, I wrote in the recipe you’ll find in the link that I used “steamed leaves of Hablitzia tamnoides”, suggesting that I was unaware that they could be eaten raw!
Also, looking at the email correspondence with Mona Hellberg, I see that I’d told her that the Hablitzia seedlings (from my first attempt) had been eaten by a slug! I’ve never had problems with slugs since then….
When Heracleum sibiricum (siberian hiogweed / sibirbjørnekjeks) is in flower, you get a good impression of how much free food there is on the streets of Trondheim :) Both young shoots, flower shoots and broccolis can be used as a vegetable. They are cooked and/or fermented. Russian beetroot soup, borscht, was originally a hogweed soup – often fermented first; The spring shoots are quite sweet. The pictures show almost pure stands of hogweed on Lade, Trondheim.
More in my book Around the World in 80 plants!
BE CAREFUL HARVESTING AS YOU CAN BURN YOURSELF ON THE PLANT JUICES IN STRONG SUNLIGHT!