Ah, the elusive Elderberry. The Morel Mushroom. The Fiddlehead Fern. Just a few of the stars in my foraging sky, the ones that seem hopelessly out of reach when living in the city. Even in many suburbs, the pickins can sometimes be slim. Yet, when foraging, the most simple of truths apply:
(And what did Dorothy learn? “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard, because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.”)
Clover is prolific all over the United States, and is considered a pesty weed since it crops up frequently in lawns. I happen to have a giant tub of white clover (Trifolium repens) growing amongst my container garden. I was given a nutrient mix for rehabilitating soil, last fall, and so I gifted it to the soil in a large metal basin, that had been heavily used over the summer. The mix contained lots of clover seeds, since clover fixes nitrogen in the soil. The tub is now a lush miniature forest of clover, and is also home to a hummingbird sage, a strawberry plant and some wildflowers. It’s the cheeriest little party on our deck.
I planted red clover in my garden plot next door last summer. It has thrived, growing into a nice lush patch. Except….the reason I was letting it take up so much space was so that it would flower…the flowers make a wonderful nourishing tea, especially for lactating mamas…and the
damn wonderful thing won’t flower! Gardening in San Francisco = Patience + Frustration.
Thankfully, an upside to living in a large metropolis is access to goods and services…for now I can trot down to Scarlet Sage and buy a little bag full of red clover for a few pennies.
Here is Susun Weed to tell you all about Red clover tea:
Like she says, Red clover makes a delicious iced tea. I drink it in moderation, since it is slightly detoxing and can make my tummy a little woozy.
Even if you can’t find red clover, I guarantee you can find white, probably by walking no more than a block. In Shasta Co., the spring wildflower display often features the grace of crimson clover:
This is for all you Children of the 80’s: Crimson and Clover:
This article was obviously painstakingly put together in a very cute and simple way…lots more info on clover.
And since you can’t really watch the first one without watching the end:
(The costumes and the whole general era of this movie makes me swoon).
Think with your stomach! Do not ingest wild plants unless you are sure you have identified them correctly and are willing to take responsibility for using yourself as a guinea pig. It is SO not my responsibility if you eat the wrong thing and get poopy pants, or die. You’re an adult. you can make your own choices.
Have a great weekend! Eat salad!