I’m absolutely aware of the fact that gathering plants in forests and meadows is not necessarily an appealing activity for everyone. Many of us prefer walking in nature simply for the beauty of the forest and the lights there. Besides, there are people who don’t really have a longing for untouched nature. Discovering and gathering fresh plants in forests and meadows may be interesting only for a narrow range of people, yet I can’t help sharing my new passion with you here, in the blog. I promise the blog won’t be just about this from now on! But from time to time, I will return to this if I bump into a worthy subject walking in nature.
The leaves of lesser celandine have just started to come out and now the forest is already full of them. It’s worth looking around on the sides of hiding brooks and damp places, where we can find a green carpet of them spreading across the forest floor. Books say, it’s blooming period is from March to May, but you can still rarely see a flower here and there. Usually, it’s fresh, fleshy, shiny, grassgreen leaves and unopen flower buds are gathered, both before blooming, since during blooming, the plant gets mildly toxic. Leaves are used for making salads, sauce dishes or soups. Buds can be pickled in vinegar and used similarly to capers. The rootstock is also gathered, but this one after blooming, since it has a much milder taste then.