Wokka Wokka Wild Edible AKA Bacon Extender

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  1. riverjoe

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    Down at the oxbow on a photo shoot . No luck but found myself sitting in a stinging nettle patch . So harvested a bunch (wish I had some gloves )
    Decided to see what else I could find walking back to the car .
    Looks something like catail
    but doesn’t quite jive

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    Stopped by a Cattail
    Swamp on the way home .


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    Compareing the wild Iris from
    the oxbow and cattails . Notice the flat stalks on Iris and perfectly round on cattail .Also lots of dead cattails from last year .

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    Dandelion of course but key is don’t ruin your greens with the real bitter ones .

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    Found lots of chives and some wild Garlic

    Here is a table full of Chives and wild garlic , cattail shoots . Small tender ones are best . Cleavers , but they’re not going in the stir fry
    Because they need to be boiled thouroghly. Then the star Nettles .
    Looks like a lot but it reall reduces .

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    Went into the house and harvested 2 inches of frozen bacon

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    Fry the bacon a little mainly to
    get some grease .
     
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    So let’s chow down. Young Nettles and the youngest cattail shoots are the best . All good however .
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    Looks good thanks for sharing.
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    That looks fantastic!

    And healthy!
     
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    Apparently Nettles are better for you then Broccoli !!!
     
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    Good stuff there young fellar. joe
     
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    oh absolutely!!
    i'd go further and say i think the modern brocolli has been bred to be sweeter with more florets. i have ZERO idea what original brocolli looked like, but i venture a guess it is way more than the new stuff.

    plants survive by not being so tasty..that bitterness as a defense mechanism also provides vital nutrients. i think they call them phytonutrients.

    i think dandalion greens taste like earwax..not that i know what earwax taste like, but it is how i imagine it..it isnt great, but GREAT for you. i used to feed them to tortoises when i worked at a pet store, i would taste it then.
     
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    Nice! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    I have tasted ear wax I think . I had some older
    brothers with a warped sense of humor . My mom who grew up on a farm would only pick
    Dandelions for about a week and in very special places . She often would get them with buds before flowering but they were good . She would fix them with hard boiled eggs and a smidgen of bacon . She had 14 siblings so they knew how to maximize everything on that little farm
     
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    Outstanding meal!
     
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    So at first I thought this was a discussion on a specially made rig to stretch bacon rashers out longer and wider to maximize bacon goodness.
    I see now that it is a discussion on fresh wild greens...thank you! I like the pictures because it’s helpful in identification. Foraging is not something I do well, but it is something I’d like to try. Those greens look mighty tasty. Do you boil the nettles beforehand?
     
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    No boiling necessary of the Nettles.
    That is why I didn’t
    Use the Cleavers
    though . I m not totally convinced cleavers are worth the trouble they are too much like Velcro
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    Forageing is fun . I love the idea of free stuff .
    Nettles at this time of year don’t have a lot of stingers yet so really one of the easiest and best greens to gather . Later in the season I’d definitely want gloves .
     
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    My grandma and great grandma both picked wild greens and edibles. Both lived into their 90’s, but I was either to young to remember what they showed me, or too busy to pay attention.
    My buddy always said that “his grandma grew up in the depression and didn’t have much.” My counter to his statement was that Appalachian people weren’t poor until the government told us we were poor.
    My grandma could make a meal out of stuff she found along the fence line or in her own back yard.
     
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