Perennial tempura and Oplopanax horridus

Some pictures showing 24 perennials vegetables made into tempura this evening:

Oplopanax horridus (Devil’s Club or Alaskan Ginseng) is a large shrub reaching 5m in good conditions in Alaska. It is found in cool moist forests in Western North America. It’s name is due to it being covered in thorns! It is closely related to another of my pet edibles, Aralia cordata!
Having checked with foragers in Alaska and elsewhere on the west coast about how they use Oplopanax horridus, I finally took the plunge tonight and ate a few young buds in tempura tonight! It has a pleasant piney taste not far removed from Udo.

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Perennial vegetables, Edimentals (plants that are edible and ornamental) and other goings on in The Edible Garden