Sonntag, 22. April 2012

Sonntagsfreude: Wildpflanzensalat [Sunday´s joy: salad with wild herbs]

Meine Sonntagsfreude: beim Besuch bei den Großeltern mit meiner Mutter und Tante draußen auf dem Feld an den Steinmauern Wildkräuter für Salat suchen. Hier pflückten wir Fette Henne (Sedum). In früheren Zeiten der fast vollständigen Selbstversorgung waren die Menschen nach den langen Wintern auf dieses erste vitaminreiche Grün angewiesen bevor es -Wochen später- endlich wieder den ersten Gartensalat gab. Diese Wildkräutersalate kann man aus den ersten zarten Löwenzahnblättern ('Röhrlsalat') machen, aus Brunnenkresse aus dem Bach und eben auch aus der erwähnten Fetten Henne. Heutzutage, wenn man Salat und frisches Grün das ganze Jahr im Geschäft kaufen kann, ist es für mich trotzdem schön, dass mir von den Frauen meiner Famile das Wissen um nutzbare Wildkräuter weitergegeben wurde. Meine Oma nahm mich zum Sammeln von Fetter Henne und anderen Wildkräuter bereits mit, als ich noch sehr klein war und zeigte mir immer, welche Pflanzen, die einfach so am Feld und im Wald wachsen, nutzbar sind. Ihre Felder und Wiesen sind aber auch sehr ergiebig, was Kräuter und Blumen betrifft, viel artenreicher als die Wiesen hier unten im Tal. Dort oben wächst etwas später im Jahr z.B auch Dost (wilder Oregano), Augentrost, Wiesensalbei, wilder Schnittlauch, Frauenmantel... Die Erinnerungen an dieses nebenbei beim Spazierengehen vermittelte Wissen ist meine heutige Sonntagsfreude. Auf dem Bild oben sieht man z.B. vier nutzbare Pflanzen, aus denen man je nach Jahreszeit etwas machen kann, sehr ihr sie auch?  (Fette Henne, Walderdbeere, wilde Brombeere, Sauerampfer).

Sunday´ joy: looking for wild herbs for salad outside on the fields at the stone walls during the visit at my Grandparent´s place with my mum and aunt. Here we picked stonecrop (sedum). In earlier times of almost full self supply people were eagerly waiting in early spring  for the first fresh greens and vitamins after the long winter. Those plants could be eaten weeks before before they could eat their garden salats later in spring. Those salads of wild herbs were made from the first tender dandelion leaves from the mentioned stonecrop and watercress from the creek to name a few. Nowadays when the farmers degree of self supply  is reduced and no one is reliant to those vitamins as fresh greens are available year-round it´s still nice to have the knowledge which plants to use. My grandma showed me the right plants when I was little. My Sunday´s joy.
 On the picture above there are at least four plants that can be used in the kitchen in various stages. Do you see them?  (stonecrop, sorrel/sour dock, wood strawberries, wood blackberries)

1 Kommentar:

  1. What a fun post! How lucky you are to have that knowledge. When I was a little girl, my parents had a books about edible plants. I was really interested in making my own food, so I made sassafras tea and ate some dandelions. We have sedum in one of our gardens. If I recall correctly, there were a few varieties for sale when I bought them. I got one that has tiny yellow flowers. I tried to dig it out last summer and I gave the plants away (along with some salvia--I think that's a halluceugenic), but the sedum just started popping up in random places in the garden last week, so I guess it's a tough plant to get rid of. It had really taken over the garden, so it's okay that there's a few sprouts, just not a blanket of it and it cascading over the bricks into the lawn.

    The ants live in a green gel that was developed by our space program to take live ants into space. Basically it is their substrate they dig in, but also their food, so there's no need to feed them. But you do need to give them fresh air. According to the instructions, the ants should live a few weeks, but since there is no queen, they will die off eventually. Well that about 3 months ago. There are still many going strong. I feel a little bad about them and on more than one occasion have considered letting them go outside to get a taste of freedom. But, they are harvester ants and can bite/sting. With our luck, they would join a local colony of regular ants and create some kind of hybird biting ant in our yard. Probably not, but not worth the risk. It's quite a problem anymore of people releasing non-native species, so I don't want to do it, but I would like them to have a better life. After they dug all their tunnels, they stopped being very active and just huddle together. But, it was fun the first week or so when they were digging everything. My daughter Bea is intrigued by these kinds of toys and has raised butterflies and ladybugs, both of which were a lot more fun to do.

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