Wildharvesting Thistle

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Thanks to a sequence of Serendipitous Events, we now wildharvest and eat yellow thistle from the fields around our home. We learned the how-tos from a local woman who came to our home last weekend to buy our honey extractor and in the process shared some of her wildharvesting know-how with us. Somehow we had not come across her SurvivalHT youtube channel yet, like multitudes of others had.

I snapped these pictures of our thistle harvest this morning.

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I’m not sure why this is called yellow thistle, but we are pretty sure that’s the name of this variety that is prolific near us. Fortunately, they are all edible, so mis-identifying is not a concern.

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After lopping off the flower, we slice along the stalk to remove the thorny leaves

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A few harvested thistle stalks to add to the lunch menu

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Thistle chopped, looks like celery, loaded with nutrients

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Thistle mixed with chopped beets and fennel and mixed with lard

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Roasted in the oven with asparagus…

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…and served with grilled pastured pork chop

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