I found several new iris are in bloom. I love this fragrant blue,
and this fragrant lavender.
My friend, Karen, told me that stinging nettles make delicious greens, so I set out through the trails to look for nettles.
I found ripe salmon berries,
Thimble berry bushes,
and blackberry bushes in bloom,
fiddlehead ferns ready to pick, and finally at the end of my walk,
nettles. I found that they can sting through surgical gloves, but I picked them anyway.
Not sure how to cook them, I cut each leaf, washed them, and then added a little salt and poured boiling water over them. I cooked them for about 5 minutes.
They turned a beautiful forest green. I added a little butter and ate them all by myself. Ron won't touch greens of any kind, so nettles would be an impossible sell. They didn't have too much flavor - kind of nutty - not like any greens I have ever eaten. Good though, and after two hours, no side effects, so I proclaim them edible.