It’s tax time and money’s running a little tight, nothing’s been planted in the garden yet or, if it has, it certainly hasn’t come up. The asparagus is still a ways off in most of our home gardens! What do you if you don’t have a coldframe full of early salad greens? Go wander the streets?! Well, yes. 🙂
Remember all those big leaf maple branches that blew down in the last wind? They’re blooming and within reach now. When the flowers are still fairly tight, just pinch them off at the base and drop them in your basket. You won’t need many as they’re wonderfully large. Leave the leaf matter behind. It is edible, but the horses down the lane will appreciate it more than you. Maple leaves do make for nice presentation under a cheese or as an impromptu napkin later in the season.
With a few other native spring edibles, it’s easy to quickly gather up an elegant salad. I enjoyed this one with a simple dressing of apple cider vinegar and EVOO. Check your local library for books on our native edible plants. If you’re expecting a fat return, perhaps a class at the North Cascades Institute is in order.