Seasonal Salad – early April

early april salad from the edible forest

As mild as the winter has been for us (with a total of one day when the temperature did not come above zero), as cold is the current spring. Which means I am delaying sowing directly outside, (except for some hardy veg under row covers) and that in turn means it will take longer before we can harvest any new season’s salads. Fortunately, there are plenty of perennial veg that have already started growing in our edible forest garden and our salads are getting more varied and more colorful by the day. Here is what went into this week’s salad:
Perennials
Fennel (Phoeniculum vulgare)
Perennial kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephala)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Sweet violet (Viola odorata) – both leaves and flowers
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
Blood-veined sorrel (Rumex sanguineus)
Buckler-Leaved Sorrel or French sorrel (Rumex scutatus)
Wild garlic (Allium ursinum)
Burnet saxifrage (Pimpinella saxifraga)

early April salad from the edible forest garden

Biennials
Land cress (Barbarea verna)
Alexanders (Smyrnium olustratum)

Self-sowing annuals
Vegetable mallow (Malva crispa)
Winter purslane (Claytonia perfoliata)
Corn salad (Valerianella locusta)
Leaf mustards (Brassica oleracea acephala) – some overwintered outside, some in the cold frame, including some flowers
Heartsease (Viola tricolor) – flowers

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