As promised, here are a few "weed" recipes. These are NOT the ones I was remembering from a week cookbook I had—I'm still looking for that cookbook after my husband did some rearranging of our bedroom and my bookcases. But, my son has a copy of "Wild Edibles of Missouri" by Jan Phillips (published by the Missouri Department of Conservation, if you want to order a copy) that I've just now looked through and am very fascinated ... all sorts of uses for the wild things!
I'm just randomly selecting a few. I have not tried any of these recipes. If you want more, order the book. However, when I do find that other cookbook, I'll post some more!
Day Lily Fritters
1 c. Flour
1 c. Champagne or beer
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 T Oil
Day lily flowers (opened blooms)
Mix together the flour, beer, salt and oil. Let sit for 30 minutes. Dip the blossoms in the batter, then fry in hot grease, drain on paper towel, then dust with sugar.
Day Lily Buds
Pick the day lily unopened buds while still in tight bud. Boil in salted water for a few minutes. Serve with melted butter if desired. These are supposed to have a mildly "green bean" taste with the texture of asparagus.
12 c. Milk
1 1/2 T Salt
3 c. Water cress, sorrel, or lamb's quarters
2 T Onion (1 T if using wild onion)
1/2 c. Flour
3 T Butter
Boil the weeds for a couple minutes then drain. Heat the milk, salt, greens, onion, and butter, adding the flour to thicken. Heat but do not allow the mixture to boil.
24 shoots or heads of Cattails
Boil 3 minutes in water, remove and eat the heads like corn on the cob; shoots are an asparagus-like vegetable. You can eat the raw shoots in a salad.
2 c. Chicken stock
2 c. Dry white wine
1 Shallot, diced
1 T Heavy cream
2 tsp. Tarragon
1/2 tsp. Thyme
Dash of any: Salt, celery salt, cayenne, white pepper, onion powder,
dry mustard, fennel seed, paprika, oregano, sage, and
1/2 stick Butter
3/4 c. Black walnut meats, toasted
1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
1/2 tsp. Parsley
Combine stock and wine; bring to a boil. Add the shallot, cream and spices. Bring back to a boil and cook 4–6 minutes. Whisk in butter, a tablespoon at a time. Add walnut meats, garlic powder and parsley.
Also, for those of you who love onions and garlic, and all such plants of the allium family ... I came across a treasure while I was looking for my weeds cookbook: "The Wild Onion Cook Book". It was put out by The Northern Illinois Unit of the Herb Society of America (The Wild Onion Unit). Besides recipes, it goes into some of the history and folklore of the edible alliums. It's fascinating! The book is a beautiful green three-ring binder, so it will lay flat when you're cooking, or you can remove a page as you work with it. The book is a little old, as we received it more than 10 years ago, so I'm not sure if it's still available. Back then, proceeds went toward supporting the National Herb Garden.
Northern Illinois Unit of HSA. Wild Onion Cook Book: All You Want to Know About the Edible Alliums: Chives, Garlic, Leeks, Onions, Scallions. Audubon, IA: The Northern Illinois Unit, 1997.
I do have an address that they put in the book, in case anyone wants to order a copy (assuming they still have some available after this long).
I just went to the Conservation Department's website, to try to look up ordering information for the book and saw they have it there available in PDF by "chapter" (they're not exactly chapters, but short sections about each type of plant). FREE
But still, I like having the book in hand. It's nice to be able to take it out on a hike. It does have color drawings of some of the plants about two-thirds into the book, but there is a sketch line-drawing throughout the book as it presents each plant.