Frolic: Flower Shower

It was another wet day in Toronto on Monday when the WFS met for the third time. Rain in the city is an odd thing to me as it makes so many people retreat, hide away from the outside world and insist on keeping warm and dry – when it’s one of the best times to be outside! Some of my more treasured memories are in the rain; dancing, singing, an epic soccer game with a volley ball in a back alley and the frolic on Monday where we encountered so many (delicious) edibles. 


It feels like we’re finally moving into summer and it’s showing in the plants – the bitter greens of spring have bolted to produce flowers and seeds, while new greens of this year have grown broad leaves to catch the sun. 

Garlic Mustard in it’s first year – ready to be picked for pesto.
Garlic Mustard in it’s 2nd or 3rd year already producing flowers, thus no longer as ideal for eating.
  
Many wild edibles have not only beautiful flowers but offer delicious blooms, we snacked as we walked…

Wild Roses growing tall – petals can be collected to make jellies to eat or rose water for skin. Best to cut the petals off the flower if consuming as the white base is fairly bitter.

Chives gone to flower? Equally delicious in oniony-garlic flavour and a dainty addition to salads.

Comfrey flowers were like tiny candies! The Comfrey plant itself is not edible due to high levels of pyrrolizidine alkaloids – but those have their benefits too.
We were also lucky enough to catch the end of the Black Locust blossoms, I was happily soaked underneath these trees just chomping away on the flowers which taste like a combination of snap peas and nectar.

Black Locust is a late(r) bloomer – you may also recognize it’s signature seed pods in the fall.

We even had some unexpected guests among the flowers who were also enjoying the rain…

A fierce, bad rabbit.

Looks like our July WFS meeting will be just in time to glean some more familiar wild edibles, Toronto is full of sweet trees like Service Berry, Mulberry and Cherry – after flowers come fruit! 

Small, pale green/yellow and firm now, but do you know what we’ll be eating from this Prunus family tree in a few weeks?

 

See you at our next frolic, July 8th (second Monday of the month due to the long weekend)
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