No problem, Telsing... I haven’t got round to posting it on the net. However, I see you can add attachments here (or is it just pictures?). I’ll try adding the pdf of the Hosta article and the form which folks can use to report their Hosta eating experiences.
Otherwise, since the article, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) published a short piece on using Hostas for food in their magazine “The Garden” with a picture of my Hosta sushi being prepared. I had been asked to write a longer article about my more unusual perennial edibles, but it was cut drastically at the last minute ….
Also, as I threaten in the article, I wrote to Prince Charles emploring him to convert his National Large-leaved Hosta collection to a productive Forest Garden (very easy!), but, surprise surprise, no reply…
Eating my way through the world's 15,000+ edible species
Post by plantsnobin on Nov 11, 2009 19:02:37 GMT -5
I am afraid that I deadheaded most of my hostas, as I don't really like the flowers, and the lavender blooms clash with my color scheme in one of my areas. So, the only seeds collected are from a plain old green leaved type, and I did save some from a blue leaved type, they are open pollinated but are at least 100 ft from other types. I did keep those seeds separate. I have quite a few seeds...
I promise not to deadhead next year.
Last Edit: Nov 11, 2009 19:03:48 GMT -5 by plantsnobin
I was asked to write a short article on Permanent vegetables for the UK Royal Horticultural Society magazine "The Garden" last winter. It was unfortunately dropped at the last minute, but there was a short piece mentioning Hostas and Typha. It was added to a longer piece by their vegetable writer Charles Dowding about conventional perennial veggies. I see it's now been put out on the net:
Post by plantsnobin on Apr 13, 2010 12:45:35 GMT -5
I grew some from my seeds, too small to eat for a long while yet. I have to admit here that I have been nibbling on some things, such as trillium, and redbud blossoms. Everything that other people describe as 'sweet', taste to me, well, more like I would expect a trillium to taste. Like a leaf. I am trying to like this stuff, honest I am. I'm afraid that my palate has been too corrupted to ever be able to appreciate this edibles.
Post by ottawagardener on Apr 13, 2010 16:39:18 GMT -5
My hostas are just coming up, not big enough for use yet. I'll let you know.
Really Karen: I nibbled on some trillium leaves and got that sunflowery taste. Maybe it is an acquired skill Redbud is on my hopefully will grow here list. They are supposed to taste like mild peas or something like that.
But Ozardklady, weeds all have different flavours
Garden is a clearing in the woods grading from shallow, rocky soil supporting a maple bush to a pine forest planted on sandy soil and a clay bottomland with spruce and tamarack.
I bought some hostas last year to try. They're dormant now. Well, they got eaten to the ground by slugs so I hope they're dormant. I don't expect to see them back until spring now. Looking forward to trying them. I hope all species are edible.
Ray Silty loam over clay, pH 5.5, altitude 1000m, latitude 30deg south, 150 frost free days.
Post by plantsnobin on Apr 14, 2010 7:41:02 GMT -5
Ozarklady, I have been trying things just to try them really. It is amazing what all is edible all around us. I use the www.pfaf.org database to see if something is listed as edible then, if I think about it when I am in the garden, I'll have a taste. I guess it's good to know that if we put a little effort into learning, we know we won't starve. But I will say that I think there is a good reason that of all the edible species, most of us rely on maybe 20 basic staples.