Spearmint and Red Clover Blossoms

At the bowl of the pasture there is an endless patch of wild Spearmint!

One of my herbal friends and foraging partners lives on beautiful land off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. One of the surprising gifts of their many acres is an endless supply of Spearmint in a lower pasture. It is fed by underground springs and thus happily multiplying in the moisture that mints are so fond of.

Fun to walk through the knee high grasses and plants noticing the many tight buds of Daisy, Yarrow, Self Heal and Clover. Soon the fields will be ablaze with color. Every once in awhile a Red Clover blossom presented itself and I gladly plucked it to restock my dwindling supply of last Summer’s Trifolium pratense. A few looked so plump and tasty that they never made it to the basket. If they are found before the bees pollinate them they taste almost as sweet as honey!

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Stinging Nettles SCORE!

Stinging Nettle Soup….so intensely delicious

My kitchen counter is 100% green with my catch of the day: Stinging Nettle. Had to drive to Tennessee to harvest it but I was out that way for other reasons so I took advantage of the opportunity to get me some Nettle.

Simply amazing how much there was to be had. All started from a single row of Urtica seedlings, 20 years ago or so…. [Read more…]