- Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)--A few days ago I enjoyed my first BNT (bacon, nettles, and tomato sandwich) of the season. My favorite wild green. They can be gathered bare-handed without stings. I'll share my method in an upcoming post.
- Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)--We've missed this one two years running now. But not this year. If you have experience with this green, tell us what you do with it.
- Trout lily (Erythronium spp.)--Many of these are even past the stage I like them for greens. (The bulbs are better anyway.)
The earlier the better with most of these. They can be gathered as soon as the ground has thawed. Get them now before they bolt.
- Parsnip (Pastina sativa)--Try frying with potatoes.
- Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)
- Burdock (Arctium spp.)--Always better than I expect it to be considering that the leaves are so bitter you could use then as Novocaine. (That last bit was hyperbole--but, man, they are bitter.)
- Cattail (Typha latifolia)--Technically, this is not a root but a rhizome. The water up our way is still chilly, but we loved our cattail-flour latkes.
- Wild leek (Allium tricoccum)--Already unfurled, this weekend will be prime time for finding colonies of ramps. Click here for a recipe. (wild leeks, rice, and hazelnuts--yum) . . . and more.