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.

Orpine (Witch's Moneybags, Livelong, Frog's-stomach, Live-forever) (Hylotelephium telephium) (Previously: Sedum telephium): Images

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May 10, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire The leaves are very mild-tasting throughout the Spring and Summer and go really well in salads. You just need to pinch off the upper one or two layers of leaves and leave the rest of the plant. Orpine does not seem to grow in large swaths, but instead you will find plants spread out throughout the forest. The root is a twisting clump of tubers that is edible. Thoroughly cook in soups or stews.
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May 21, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Orpine and Indian Cucumber root (Medeola virginiana) salad made for a potluck dinner.
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August 8, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Orpine pickles! Picked a large amount of Orpine leaves. Chopped up the leaves, put them in a ceramic crock with sea salt and added some sauerkraut juice to get the pickling process started. Put on some weighing stone. There are a couple of potential problems: 1) Since I chopped up the Orpine, much of the Orpine bits are floating in the brine and not under the weighing stones; and 2) I had to add a significant amount of spring water with sea salt to create enough brine. Orpine does not release nearly as much water as cabbage. The pickles should be ready in about four weeks.
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April 22, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire Baby orpine plant. The best salad green on the planet should be ready in about one month!
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April 8, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire Found the motherload of Orpine!
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May 5, 2013 Southeastern, New Hampshire I made a salad of Orpine, violet leaves and flowers and American Linden tree leaves. The Linden tree leaves were small, so I didn't harvest too much. I will harvest more when they get bigger.