Monday, October 26, 2009

Sow Thistle (Sonchus)

Sow Thistle (Sonchus)

Close up of spiral leaf base.
Sow Thistle (Sonchus) Close up of spiral

Description: About 2 feet tall. Leafs very prickly to the touch. Flowers were yellow and a little larger than a Dandelion. A milky juice came out when ever the skin was torn. The leafs form a spiral where they meet the stem.

Location: Lake Chabot. Next to the bank.

How to use: I tore off the prickly leafs and curled the the stem, top leafs, and flowers up in a pot full of water. I stoked the fire and took a nap. When a woke up I tried the stem and it tasted like asparagus. The upper leafs and the flowers tasted good too. I only ate a little bit of the plant because I've never had thistle before.

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