One favored plant is chickweed, Stellaria media, a low-growing, bright green plant, with leaves around 1/4- to 1/2-inch in diameter. Eventually the plant forms a creeping mat on the ground (see photo at top), which is one of the ways it reproduces and thrives. By the way, there are a number of varieties of chickweed, but common chickweed, the one I'm discussing, has a tell-tale strip of tiny hairs down just one side of the stem (see photo at upper right). On my plants, I had to use a magnifying glass to see these hairs, but quite honestly, don't stress over it. I've been eating my chickweed for years and never knew about this line of hairs till I started this post!
|Detail of chickweed flower|
|Bittercress in its early stages|
|Bittercress leaf variants|
|Onion grass w/ tiny bulbs|
And the dandelions are putting out new, tender leaves now! Add to salads, pestos, omelets, or soups! For starter recipes for various parts of the dandelion plant (leaves, flowers, roots), click here. And please do stay tuned for chickweed and bittercress recipes in the next post.