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Green Report - Susun Weed

Dear friends of the green,

Aha! We finally got some winter-like weather, even a few inches of snow! The hardy plants don’t mind at all; in fact, I think they relish the fertilizing effects of the snow.

I hope those of you who have been following the Green Report for the past two months have been successful in finding several mint family plants and some wild cabbage family plants, too.

Our plant family this month is the rose family. I have lots to tell you about the family of love, starting next week. Meanwhile, here is a galley of (mostly) fresh faces for you; exempting the rose family plants which we will focus on in future issues.

1. Common chickweed (Stellaria media) shrugs off snow. Try her in salads.

2. Our friends garlic mustard (Alliaria officinalis) and cronewort (Artemisia vulgaris) are still tops in salads and for vinegars.

3. Baby nettle (Urtica dioica) makes a lovely vinegar.

4. Ox-eye daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) is a weed as well as a cultivated plant. Try a leaf or two in your salad.

5. Couldn’t resist this lovely little cress (Cardamime species). After I photographed it, I ate it.

6. Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella) gives a sour twist to salad greens.

7. Wild madder (Galium mollugo) is related to sweet woodruff, the flavoring for May wine. I put tender tips in salads.

8. Plantain (Plantago lancolata) can be found in protected places and used to heal wounds.

9. Wild chives are starting to get lush now, despite the crush of the snow. Snip them up in salads; snap them up for vinegars.

Green blessings,


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Susun Weed, Copyright 2012

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Susun Weed, green witch and wise woman, is an extraordinary teacher with a joyous spirit, a powerful presence, and an encyclopaedic knowledge of herbs and health. She is the voice of the Wise Woman Way, where common weeds, simple ceremony, and compassionate listening support and nourish health/wholeness/holiness. She has opened hearts to the magic and medicine of the green nations for three decades. Ms. Weed's four herbal medicine books focus on women's health topics including: menopause, childbearing, and breast health.

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