No matter where I went, from here in Sacramento all the way to South Florida, yucca plants are in bloom. There are lots of different species, but the flowers are all edible – they taste like a cross between a green bean and an artichoke leaf.
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Elderflower champagne is my generic term for a sparkling elderflower wine. But it could be a “beer,” too. I walk you through how to make your elderflower drink at home, with lots of variations depending on your preferences. Regardless, this is a perfect summer spritzer.
Elderflowers have arrived in NorCal, and the first thing I make with them each year is elderflower cordial. I use this sweet-smelling syrup as a base for cocktails and soft drinks.
Elderflower cordial — really a syrup — is a classic use for these incredibly aromatic flowers of spring. Use this to make homemade soda, add it to gin, or make it into a sorbet whenever you want to remember the first warm breezes of the year.
Elderflower fritters are wonderful, but most recipes for them have a serious flaw: They simply dip the flower heads in batter, leaving the toxic stems attached. How to fix that problem? Make a beignet instead.
May is a wonderful month. Flowers are everywhere, fishing is getting into gear and the summer garden is laden with promise. Foraging can be a little thin in my neck of the woods, however, although there is one delight to be had: Elderberry flowers. After getting the lay of the land along the American River
The Lathyrus clan, which most of us know as wild peas, get a bad rap. But I am here to tell you that wild peas are indeed edible, contrary to what you may have heard. Here’s the science behind why.
While I always knew daylilies were edible, I had no idea they were so delicious! We gathered a bunch on my trip to New England last week and they’re so good I may grow them as a food crop.