Greens Gone Wild

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None of the items in your CSA share will be more contentious than the greens. Leonard is a big fan of things like dandelion, purslane and nettles, but not everybody shares his passion. Every year, there’s at least one member who asks why they are paying for “weeds”. (Leonard will give you all the reasons, just ask.)

 

We’re still more than a few weeks away from getting native greens from the frozen soil at Upper Meadows Farm, but not so in the southern reaches of the United States. And the eco-Web site “Grist” has a North Carolina-based blogger who seems to love these greens as much as Leonard. April McGreger has a nice post on all the plusses of wild greens and one very good idea on what to do with them: Make gumbo z’herbes, a New Orleans specialty. It might even make a dandelion fan out of me yet.

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