As spring progresses, wild greens get bigger, tougher, sometimes more bitter, hot, or acrid. Some of them change in their looks, too. This video shows how I forage some common spring greens as spring moves on and the plants get older. I harvest dock, dandelion, cress, cleavers, rocket or hedge mustard, plantain, and chives. If you’ve watched my earlier videos, you’ve seen all these plants, but at different stages of growth earlier in the spring.
Here are strategies I use for foraging later in the spring:
1. Go out after rains have invigorated lush new growth even on older plants.
2. Go into shaded areas where the vegetation is more delicate than out in the harsh sun.
3. Go into taller grass where the wild greens have to grow tall and fast to compete with the grass for light.
4. Go back to the same plants harvested earlier in the spring. They will have put on new, tender growth.
5. Harvest only the tender parts of the plant, which sometimes may be a different part like the flower stalks instead of the leaves.
These wild spring greens can be real food for regular people! I pick them regularly all season long. And I don’t even have to plant them, them just grow on their own in my yard, but I don’t cut my grass very short or very often. Do less, get more!
Dock: Rumex crispus, Family Polygonaceae (buckwheat family)
Dandelion: Taraxacum officianale, Family Asteraceae
Bittercress: Cardamine oligosperma, Family: Brassicacae.
Cleavers: Galium aparine. Family: Rubiaceae
Rocket or Hedge Mustard: Sisymbrium officinale
Plantain: Platago lanceolata Family: Plantaginaceae
Chives: Allium vinale, Family Amaryllidaceae (amyrillis family)
I have picked these greens all during the spring. Check out my earlier videos that over these wild spring greens:
Dock, wild arugula: https://youtu.be/rRZ6qhvo-TY
Arugula, dock, dandelions, chives: https://youtu.be/nG-6M3Xong8
Plantain, dock, cress, cleavers, dandelion greens: https://youtu.be/RwghbcUwY7M
Dandelion, dock, plantain: https://youtu.be/ogjgoEIvfag
“River Valley Breakdown”” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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