Springtime in NH
A few weeks behind NYC, spring in NH is just starting.
I'd read that the flowers of sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina) are edible, not in a substantial way but in a trail nibble way. Maybe I caught them at the wrong stage because I was entirely underwhelmed. Sweet fern flowers are imperfect and the plant is monoecious, meaning flowers are either male OR female, and flowers of both types grow on the same plant (like corn). Maybe I unwittingly grabbed a flower of the wrong sex;t I've found nothing in the literature saying which flower tastes better.
This crop was more to my liking. With Sarah and her family out of town (Galapagos!), I did her a FAVOR (her word, not mine) and harvested from her asparagus patch.
I confess, I ate some raw, it was that good. Asparagus is already my favorite vegetable, but when it's plump and just picked...well it's amazing any of it made it back to the kitchen.
Queen Carnivore scoffs at asparagus. She waits for something with a little more fight.