Saturday, April 4, 2009

Freedom in an hour

My desperation for spring greens peaked this afternoon. I thought I was going to implode. So with a little hope I put on my rain jacket, grabbed my scissors and bowl, and took the great liberty of a nomadic hour in the hazy, drizzly day to forage my yard for the first edibles. 

Most of them are hardly picking size, and relatively few are above earth yet. I took it slow, combing back and forth for the little patches reaching up into the rain, long enough to clip. Freshly cool and wet, the vitality radiating from these densely nutritious spring greens is evident even before the first bite. Taking my sweet time to acquire a full bowl, leaf by leaf, is a gift. 

The bitters are not that bitter yet - but rather the perfect amount of bitter, imparting clarity and energy. The dandelions are supremely edible, the garlic mustard a burst of flavor. The bedstraw is succulent and deliciously mild, and the violets are slippery and crisp. Little rosettes of ground ivy add flavor and health, Comfrey shoots add more flavor and softness. My chives are up so they got a haircut too. 

There is scarcely another action, with maybe the exception of homeschooling my children, that gives me quite this level of deep abundance. In one hour I have a bowl of the most nutritious, vital, organic, as-local-as-it-gets, FREE food. The dressing and olives and feta paled in comparison, I may as well eaten the greens without (but the oil and vinegar were herbal infused:), and they help assimilation). 

What's additionally miraculous to me, is that I can do the same thing all over again, every day, for the next two or three months, if I want to. They will just keep growing, and then they will bud, and then flower, and then seed, and make more shoots...... and the simplest miracle of living on Earth I can take into my very body in every moment of gathering and tasting and swallowing. 

The season for foraging is my freedom; my liberty. In fact, it is everybody's liberty. 


7 comments:

Greenlee's Forest said...

Oh my goodness. YYEeeessss.... :)

Elizabeth said...

Heck yeah.

mamak said...

our beautiful green plants,given to us in abundance! I so enjoy your blog!

woodlandwanderings said...

Yum. You've inspired me to gather some early greens. Not as much to choose from as you've got going on here, but I have some chickweed, dandelion, violet leaves and ground ivy that I can mix in with my store bought spinach and goat cheese. The ground ivy will be a new experience for me :)

journeyseeds said...

Beautiful edibles...lovely spring greens! Glad your nomadic self found something....

Shannon and Alex said...

I just made wild violet jelly and am about to go pick some dandelions for dandy jelly too. The kids and I had a snack of dandy leaves while homeschooling in the back pasture last week! I may have comfrey growing - not sure. Have to watch it some more. yarrow is coming up so I don't want to cut the grass!

Blue Turtle said...

Yes!! yes!! who needs a garden with such a bountiful garden from Gaia herself!