Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis): Images

Date Location Notes Images
May 30, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire The leaves are edible (raw or cooked) when gathered in April or May before the flowering stem appears. At this time, any slight bitterness can be reduced with cooking. Changes to cooking water can reduce bitterness if the leaves are picked later in the Spring after flowering. The rosette of leaves produced in the Fall tends to be mild and can be collected into the very late Fall.

The picture I took were not very clear for showing the alternate leaf arrangement and the hairs on the stem and leaves. I will go back over the next couple of weeks and take more pictures which you will be able to find below.