Gifts cassoulet (a bean stew of French origin), salads and tasty beds for braised pork dishes. Dandelions taste great when added to salads or brewed as a tea. They contain calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus and magnesium, as well as Vitamins A, B, C and D, along with health-enhancing bioflavonoids, which are biologically active substances that nourish blood vessels. Dandelion flowers are sweetest when picked young and have a honey-like flavor. Young dandelion leaves taste great when steamed or tossed in salads. The Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus, Opuntia humifusa, has long been
a part of Native American culture. It grows on granite outcroppings in shallow soil. In June, the cactus produces large yellow flowers that slowly develop into red berries that, in late autumn, fall from the plant. The berries provide nutritious food for insects, raccoons and opossums, as well as humans. The fruit can be eaten fresh or made into jam. The pads of Opuntia, known as cladophylls, are also edible and are sold in some grocery stores. Cladophylls can be boiled for several minutes, cut into smaller pieces, and eaten as part of a vegetable side dish. Cattails grow in marshy ground almost anywhere. They’re tall, reed-like plants with sword-
Many Great Boats!
Frank Gary, CPYB
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