According to the calendar, summer officially started over a week ago. As far as I’m concerned, it started this past weekend when the sun finally came out after a month of almost nonstop rain. Also, this was the weekend I noticed that the juneberry, mulberry, and red currants were winding down and I picked the first cucumber in the garden. I could see and taste the shift into summer.
On Sunday I led a wild edible plants walk for Green Edge and we found a glorious patch of not quite ripe black raspberries. Trust me, I’ll be back. We found plenty of things that were perfect for harvesting though, and at the end of the tour I served everyone a taste of juneberry-mulberry preserves that I’d made with local honey.
I’ve been collecting and drying daylily petals to add to soups and dips. You can buy these in Chinatown, but fortunately I have them in my garden. Since each flower only stays open for one day (hence the name), I don’t feel bad when I go out to pick them in the early evening just before they close forever.
Also in the garden, I’ve been picking the first hot peppers from my Peruvian Purple Pepper plants
and baby cucumbers no longer than my pinkie finger to make cornichons with.
Other than that, this is the season I call “waiting for red.” Waiting for my tomatoes to color up
and my raspberries.
I’m not the only locavore who’s been out foraging lately. There are wild edible plants posts as well as a lot of other information from fellow locavores on these sites: La Vida Locavore & Young, Broke, & Hungry.
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Botany, Ballet, & Dinner from Scratch: A Memoir with Recipes by Leda Meredith