Monday, May 10, 2010
I picked some wild lettuce the other day. You can eat the young leaves and the developing flower heads, although it's too early for them just yet. The Peterson Field Guide for edible wild plants say that they're a little bitter, but I found that compared to most wild greens they were pretty mild. They also don't have that "planty" taste that many wild foods have. I am aware that plants taste like plants because that is what they are, but I'm talking about a flavor that makes your untried American taste buds ask your brain, "Hmmm, are you feeding me grass? Because this salad taste like a mowed lawn. No? OK, just checking."