Spring is here! The trees have beautiful green leaves again, animal babies such as goslings, fawns, and squirrels are about. Early pollinators such as Carpenter & Honey Bees are out in full force examining the early blooms. So what’s available for us foragers? Spring is a great time to take advantage of the colorful wildflowers and early greens for our spring recipes!
When we forage for and create spring recipes for our meals, snacks, and drinks directly from nature, we have such control of what goes into our bodies as well as start to understand and appreciate the ecosystems around us a little bit more.
What are you foraging for in Spring? Here in Southeastern PA, there are many goodies available, from the prickly foliage of Cleavers, the soft purple flowers of the Common Violet, to the buds and flowers of the popping Maple growth.
Are you new to foraging and want to learn how to get started and what foraging etiquette to abide by as you harvest?
Get inspired to forage with some of these wild-plant based snacks and spring recipes and you’ll never look at the natural world the same way again!
Harvest the greens and gently wash. Combine dry ingredients in a blender. As you blend, add oil tbsp. by tbsp. until it becomes a homogenous paste. Store in the fridge in a clean, sealable jar. Mix with pasta or over crackers! Use within 1 month.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Add all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix. Add bananas and applesauce/oil. Stir thoroughly, then fill cupcake liners 1/2 way full with the batter. Bake as original recipe directed, or until golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Top with frosting and garnish with flower petals.
Create simple syrup and infused alcohol ahead of time. When ready to make the cocktail, combine syrup, gin, and lemon juice in a shaker with 2-3 ice cubes and shake (Adjust lemon to sour/sweet taste). Strain into Collins glass and add 1-2 fresh ice cubes. Add garnishes and then top off with seltzer/tonic.
Harvest fresh dandelion flowers (keep the sepals on to use as a little dipping handle), and Purple Dead Nettle flowers and gently wash and set aside to dry.
Warm desired oil a skillet. Mix flour, egg, milk, and desired spices in a bowl. Dip flowers (hold the underside) in the batter. Place in the skillet and flip when crispy. When done, place on a paper towel to absorb extra oil.
Note – Dandelions naturally have a sweeter taste and taste great with honey, while Dead Nettles are a more savory mint plant. Mix and match other sturdy flowers and combine flavors!
Now that you’re more comfortable with foraging, learn more about creating specialty drinks with wild-edibles, regardless of the season with my “Trails-to-Tasting” Foraging Guide & Cocktail Eco-Recipe Book!
Discover more wonders of the natural world, tips for how to forage, and some eco-recipes and tutorials on my YouTube channel’s Wild-Edibles & Foraging playlist!