Yellow Rocket and Waterleaf Greens are Here

It’s probably a bit too soon to harvest yellow rocket (Barbarea vulgaris), which is one of my favorite greens, but I went ahead and got a handful just for our salads today. Also found some young Virginia waterleaf in the slough to add to the rest. So those two are my newest greens, but toothwort is the star of the show today, since it’s currently the most plentiful.

From the left, moving clockwise: Spring beauties (Claytonia virginica), Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum), cutleaf toothwort (Cardamine concatenata), and the very first yellow rocket (Barbarea vulgaris).

Beauties, waterleaf, toothwort, rocket greens
Beauties, waterleaf, toothwort, rocket greens

I forgot to get the ramps (Allium tricoccum) in the photo. I try to keep them separate from the rest, since they tend to be really muddy; you dig them more than you pick them. If I don’t wash them off in the creek before putting them in my foraging basket, they make everything else muddy.

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