Gathering Report February 2019



You've probably noticed miner's lettuce, the most widely recognized native green, growing this month in luscious rosettes in feral places. Bitter cress, with its frilly purple-tinged leaves, is also succulent and delicious right now -- not bitter as the name insists. These sturdy rosette-forming biennials don't get limp or moldy even in heavy rains. Meanwhile, in cultivated winter gardens, the "weeds" chickweed and wild lettuce may be experiencing some mildew or flooding with the very wet storms we've been having. But a few days of sun will make them stronger and sweeter than ever. In sunny wayside places, look for the "maltese cross" flowers of all the wild brassicas - wild radish, turnip, and mustard. All these flowers are edible -- just like the stalks and leaves that support them! Brassica flowers have an addictive tangy sweetness. Eat them just like raw broccoli, stems and all. That sweetness attracts other herbivores besides you. So if you see a few aphids clustered around the flowers, don't worry about them, because they're edible too!


Thank you,

Wolfy Rougle

Wolfgang Rougle

Wolfy Rougle has been a North Valley wild food educator since 2005. She wrote the local wild food cookbook "Sacramento Valley Feast! Or: Don't Eat Sterile, Eat Feral".  For many years, she operated Springfed Organic Farm and Nursery, a one-woman, off-grid farm, dedicated to medicinal herbs and super-nutrient-dense greens.  On her nature walks, Wolfy loves re-connecting people with the natural world and helping folks gain confidence and excitement about foraging.  Brimming with herbal lore, she excels at introducing people to the green comrades who will help them through life. Whether you're on a city lot or a wild mountainside, Wolfy reminds you that the plants are here to help you!