Wednesday, April 23, 2008

wonderful weeds

Today was Knotweed Day. Leda and I met in the Park at 1:30 and headed for the Ramble. We plan this date carefully because in a warm Spring knotweed can shoot up faster than kudzu. Ok, I don't know if that's actually true but my point is that knotweed grows fast and the older it gets the tougher it gets.

Why, you might ask, do we plan an annual event around a noxious, invasive weed? Well, I could tell you. Or I could send you here (clue: it's an article I wrote for Culinate.com about foraging for knotweed).

Depending on where you live, there may still be time to get out there and harvest some of your own. It's an easy crop to forage, in 5-10 minutes you can gather 5-6 lbs., more than enough for a gallon of wine, a few quarts of soup, and some stems left over for stir fry.

And look how pretty! It's almost as if this German art deco vase were made to sit on my mantel holding an artfully arranged bunch of weeds.






15 Comments:

At April 24, 2008 at 5:01 PM , Blogger Gardener of La Mancha said...

Nice article, Ellen. I know of one patch of Japanese knotweed in Trinidad. Maybe it's not too late.

 
At April 24, 2008 at 6:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

And we're doing the Parks Dept. a service by hacking away at an invasive weed! LOL...

 
At April 24, 2008 at 6:34 PM , Blogger Ellen Zachos said...

I hope you get there in time; there's so much you can do w/knotweed. Pretty much anywhere you can use rhubarb, you can use knotweed. It's not the same taste exactly, but you can use it in similar ways.

 
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