It is in flower from June to August, and the seeds ripen from July to September. I had lots of sow thistle growing so used that. The roots can be gathered in earliest spring or late in the fall between the plant’s first and second year when they are full of stored food. If you want mama pigs to nurse better feed them plants with white sap.) They are in a family of some 22,000 members some of which are toxic but generally speaking there aren’t any close toxic look a-likes… and if you look close enough there aren’t any look a-likes. I have a bunch and would love to preserve some if it would work. It took less than two weeks for it to disappear. DISCLAIMER: This information should be used as a guide only. Turns out sowthistle are your friends after all. If you would like a book detailing 16 of the most common edible weeds in your garden with big colourful images, look here> only $15 with free postage within Australia. The providers of this website accept no liability for the use or misuse of information contained in this website. The young top sprouts and blooms are good in a salad or as cooked greens with vinegar, onion and bacon. The roots of burdock (Arctium lappa) are a staple of some Asian cuisines. I just attended a foraging groups first meeting in my town {Davis CA} I am going to put a link to this article on their facebook. Thanks as always GD! The three common ones are Sonchus oleraceus, (SON-kus oh-ler-AY-see-us ) Sonchus Asper (SON-kus ASS-pur) and Sonchus arvensis (SON-kus ar-VEN-sis.) Sonchus blossom as the insect sees it, photo by Bjørn Rørslett – NN/Nærfoto. After you read this, you will be able to recognize both plants. It typically grows up to at least 3 feet tall. Learn how your comment data is processed. how do you know a prickly plant is actually a thistle? Sowthistle attracts aphids and that is a good thing for organic gardeners as they can have a sacrificial plant hosting pests, which in turn will attract beneficial predatory insects in the garden ecosystem ( like ladybirds and hoverflies). Really old leaves are bitter and not that much fun to eat even if they are edible. There’s a huge variety in sow thistles, from having few or no prickles to having a lot, from a foot high to six feet high, from green to purple, especially older plants. Comments or questions about this site, or for permission to use photos and information. You can also use the stems, cooked like asparagus or rhubarb. Everything in the sow thistle family is edible, and I'm pretty sure all the dandelion tribe is edible as well, but this post specifically is focusing on the type of sow thistle known scientifically as sonchus oleraceus, or colloquially as common sow thistle. TIME OF YEAR: In northern climates spring, summer and some times autumn, in the South December through April. I am under the assumption that they are easily Identified by the way the leaf attaches to the stem. See more ideas about sowing, thistle, wild edibles. may be bitter to the taste requiring some preparatory boiling. The stems have been peeled and eaten raw like celery. Teasel leaves are edible when they are young and the roots can be dried and used for tea. With the mos bitter being s. leptocephalus! Oleraceus is an understatement. Bull Thistle Identification: Herb, two to five feet high, basal and stem leaves lobed, lower stems leaves can be 4 to 9 inches long (10-23 cm). I was reading Florida’s Edible Wild Plants by Peggy Sins Lantz and it wasn’t clear on that topic. Others consider them as an excellent and prolific green and others still use them as a valuable plant in their garden. Dry conditions also make the leaves more bitter. It is not too bitter and has a wonderful texture (a bit stringy though). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, hoverflies. SOWTHISTLE IN THE GARDENMost people tend to pull sowthistle out from their garden, considering them as unwanted weeds. Whenever I introduce this plant to the public I often find that someone in the crowd is quite familiar with it and its traditional edible uses. Sow thistle, commonly called Milk Thistle in my part of the world, the Sonchus genus, grow in many somewhat different shapes and sizes – some softer and some rather rough and prickly. Anyway, the white sap of the thistle was assumed to be good for nursing sows. In southern Italy Sonchus invades crops there but they have the good sense to pick it and serve it with spaghetti. Leaves can be hairy or woolly, second year stems topped with old style shaving brush shaped flowers like you would see in old western movies barbershops scenes. Add a good slug of stock or water, reduce the heat to a. simmer and cover. As it turned out, pigs love them, as do rabbits which is why they are sometimes called Hare Thistles (they are not true thistles, however, which is another genus altogether. Smooth sow thistle will hybridize with prickly sow thistle (S. asper) to produce S. asper x glaucescens, a plant similar to smooth sow thistle but with slightly prickly leaves. They indeed are a very nice spring green. In term of availability, sowthistles are in season all year round on this side of the world. Stir for a minute, then add the meat. Also unlike bull thistle stem fibers, sow thistle fibers make poor cordage. And just like the dandelion, it too has a puffy seed head, with the seed ‘parachutes’ blowing in the wind when ready. The root is edible, and according to one source, it tastes “like burdock root only better.”While burdock stalks are delicious, I really can’t stand burdock root, and I think it tastes like bitter dirt.Thus, I’m not excited about cooking up a thistle root. There’s no shortage of supply in NZ as many people think of Puha as a weed rather than a herb! Edible parts of some nominally “edible” plants require special preparation to be edible. Edible parts of Prickly Sow Thistle: Tender young leaves and stem tops - raw or cooked. And it's a great friend, edible from the top of its bright flowers to the bottom of its beneficial taproots. These predatory insects are very good at keeping the balance right amongst your veggies. Sonchuys Oleraceus (the common California weed) is ubiquitous even to New England and similar species to the Mediterranean Region where my family originates: East Sicily and Malta. ctt. As you can assume, sow thistle is found literally around the world. Apparently there is a toxic similar looking plant: senecio vulgaris. Yes, as long as the plant grows in a wholesome area. I’ve been eating these babies for the last 4 years now. Asper means rough, and arvensis of the cultivated field. The ancients Greeks considered sow thistle wholesome and strengthening — maybe the Bull of Marathon should of ate some. Marsh thistle looks somewhat like spear thistle at an initial glance, but without the large spines and leaf lobes, and usually with a thin, red, leaf margin. After boiling I strain them. Sonchus asper is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). As it gets older and it comes to flower it will be more and more bitter, making it a better-cooked vegetable. Spear thistle has large, deeply-lobed leaves with large spines at the margins, as well as hairy, spiny stems. Latex in the plant … ), 1 or 2 handfuls sow-thistle leaves – young, For this recipe the young 2- to 4-inch leaves of common sow-thistle. This is a nutritious plant that contains several minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium and zinc) and vitamins ( A, B1, B2, B3, B6, & C). The milky sap has been used as a chewing gum by the Maoris of New Zealand. Good stuff. The difference is the number of flowers per head. That bitterness is caused by their white sap. As far as I know a little bit doesn’t harm dogs. Can u drink the water found in a bull thistle stalk after u cut it in half? One you have frost free nights you can plant the slow thistles. IDENTIFICATION: Plants have milky sap. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. See here for upcoming events>. Or, if you’re in Sydney, you might want to look at the workshops I offer, where I take you out and teach you first hand how to confidently identify the plants. Add some water and reduce the heat to simmer. ... Sonchus asper in Asteraceae, sow thistle, spiny sow thistle, prickly sow thistle; Sonchus oleraceus in Asteraceae, sow thistle, common sow thistle; Stellaria media in Caryophyllaceae, chickweed; Thank you for letting me know. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. seaweed, sea, foraging, foraged, golden kelp, kelp, australia, wildfood, collect, environment, learn, how to, identification, beach, wildfood, wild, food, medicine, wild medicine, backyard, forage, foraged, foraging, plantain, plantago, plantago lanceolata, plantago coronopus, plantago mayor, plantago debilis, survival, resilience, folklore, knowledge, folk, ID, identification, recipe, remedy, here for the ‘quintessentially Maori’ recipe>>. I remember teaching this to a friend of mine and each time we went out to walk her dog we would find some sowthistle and apply to the wart. I am always impressed by just how many advocates this plant has. They can be added to salads, cooked like spinach or used in soups etc. So I can saute it until it wilts instead of leaching in a boil like I often have to do with others in this family. The asper has spiny round lobes where it clasps the stem. 1 bunch of sow thistle leaves (about one pound) 1 clove of garlic, minced 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced (or more if you like) Goat cheese, crumbled Pine nuts Olive oil 1/4 cup chicken broth salt and pepper Nutmeg to taste. Like you said, identify first! This plant produces thousands of seeds (as much as 25,000 per plant) and each one of them has a 90% chance of germination. Milk thistle is a sturdy annual or biennial plant. It’s the one that can require trimming. Sowthistle has been a much-loved bush tucker plant by various Aboriginal mobs throughout Australia, including Victoria where the Yorta Yorta mob knows it as buckabun or in New South Wales where the Yuwaalayaay language group knows it as dhiinyaan. S. asper prickly-edged stem-less green leaves that wrap around the stem, dandelion-like blossoms more or less arranged in a flat top manner. I think all the types I see here have a yellow flower…. (I find that even fairly long leaves from the upper half of a plant already in flower are quite mild, although these particular plants grew in partial shade.) And the bulb of the flower is gennerally the same. No… plants with white sap are generally not safe to eat. All edibles and quite yummy, some say. Yes, we are talking about a highly skilled invasive, but that is not necessarily bad, as sowthistle is food for a lot of ethnicities. Stir everything, then add another knob of. In some area’s here I can find five or six types. The young root is also edible when cooked but tends to be woody. Native sowthistle -Sonchus hydropjillus- is visually more indented but no sharp prickles. I grow canary island sonchus (sometimes called dendrosonchus) here in the uk and they are incredibly bitter! Heat some butter or oil in a pan and add the leaves. Cant wait to try this Katrina! The three common ones are Sonchus oleraceus, (SON-kus oh-ler-AY-see-us ) Sonchus Asper (SON-kus ASS-pur) and Sonchus arvensis (SON-kus ar-VEN-sis.) Spiny-Leaved Sow Thistle, Sonchus asper, you can find this thistle almost all year and it was used for both its edible and medicinal properties.You can find it in fields, waste places and even in your garden. Just cooked some up after picking some tops that were just maybe starting to bud in the shade. Sharon Porter November 3, 2016 at 5:43 pm. Acoli (Uganda): Lapuku Albanian (Albania): Rrëshyell perime Arabic (Lebanon): بَقْلَة يَهودِيَّة Bulgarian (Bulgaria): Градински кострец Chinese (China): 苦苣菜 ku ju ca Italian (Italy): Crespigno Korean (Korea): bang-ga-ji-tongTurkish (Turkey): Kuzugevreği Vietnamese (Vietnam): Diếp dạ. Sow thistle Image Gallery Closer-view-of-Flowering-buds-of-Sow-thistle. Common sow thistle is in the Compositae (Asteraceae) family. 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