Wild Food Profile: Eat Your Hostas!

The Druid's Garden

Often, when you are interested in unusual and wild foods, a season for a delectable treat may only last for a few short days or weeks. A fun early spring food that is usually popping up around or before Beltane in temperate parts of North America is the hosta. Yes, you heard me–that large leafy green plant that most only consider a deer resistant ornamental. This plant is a favorite of typical landscapers; it seems to show up in nearly every suburban and urban yard. Because I like finding ways to turn typical lawns into more healthy ecosystems that create habitat, food, and joy and that « stacks functions » in permaculture terms, learning to do something with these « typical » lawn plants is a great idea. And so, hostas are a wonderful food this time of year to harvest when they are still in « shoot » form. They are quite good–have…

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