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Apios americana, the hopniss or potato bean or American groundnut. It’s a plant that has fascinated me for some years, so much so that I began growing it in my garden in 2011. Since then I think I have a handle on growing, harvesting and eating these native American tubers.
I have a thing for odd garden vegetables, especially roots and tubers. Meet Stachys Affinis, the crosnes or Chinese artichoke. Looks like a grub, tastes like water chestnut. Cool.
Blue Camas, camassia quamash, has been a staple of the Northwest Indians for centuries, but few modern cooks have experimented with this edible bulb. Here are the results of my experiments.
Last week I found lots of wild edible bulbs in the High Sierra, notably blue camas. But eating bulbs has twin problems: Poisonous look-alikes, and the fact that their flowers are achingly beautiful.
I can’t tell you how much I needed to smell the salt air, after more than a month on book tour. Foraging on the Pacific Coast with friends, and a great meal afterwards, was just what the doctor ordered.
This year my garden will be different. This year, instead of cabbages and tomatoes and melons, I will be growing orach and yampa and ramps. Gardening meets wildcrafting.