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Clovers

My Dirt Time We almost all know clover, both red and white and they are edible. This picture is of the red clover. Most of us, if not all of us has looked for four leaf clovers. In fact my 9 year old boy is amazing at finding them. We go to the soccer field and while we’re waiting he always finds at least a couple just like that and I can’t see any. Weird.

Here’s what Wildman Steve Brill says about clovers.

“Clovers have leaves in sets of three, and compact flower heads that consist of many tiny, pea-like, bilaterally symmetrical (2-sided) flowers. Some species have flowers that make excellent tea, and a few have edible flowers. Avoid bitter flowers that are turning brown, and choose those with the brightest color, which are tastiest.

This is the tastiest of the clovers. Growing throughout the US, it's easiest to pick in late spring, when the greatest number of high-quality flowers bloom. It grows in meadows and on lawns, at its best in full sunlight.

Pour a cup of boiling water over handful of red clover flower heads, cover, and steep 20 minutes. Strain out the flowers and enjoy a tasty, healthful tea. You may also pick the flowers from the flower head and use them raw or cooked. They taste a little like sweet string beans.

White clover has 3 oval, finely toothed leaves that arise from a separate stalk from the flower head. Some people eat the very young leaves, although they may be hard to digest. Wood sorrel, with 3 heart-shaped leaves, is a completely different, unrelated plant.

These flowers also make a good herb tea, although red clover is less labor intensive to collect and more healthful. This common, widespread wild edible plant also favors sunny meadows and lawns.”

You can also see some larger leaves in the picture at the top. That is plantain and is also an edible plant. It can be used for salads and cooked greens when collected very young because as they get bigger, they get stringy and fibery. That makes them taste bad, hard to digest and the fibers get stuck in your teeth.

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