The fragrant water-lily has both medicinal and edible parts. The seeds, leaves, flowers and rhizomes can all be eaten.
Hans Quistorff wrote:Because mine dry down by the end of summer I am experimenting with wild rice and other rice verities. Looking for a rice that will sprout at 40 degrees Ferenhight Or keep growing if sprouted warmer then planted. I don't want to be transplanting if I don't have to.
Cara Campbell wrote:With all that's going on, it's inspired me to ramp my ediibles.
I read in "Perennial Vegetables" that Oenanthe javanica (water celery) is edible, so I bought some on line.
This stuff is NASTY, at least raw; I haven't tried to cook it. It tastes bitter, and a bit like turpentine. YUCK.
I'm pretty disappointed, because I'd thought to get an edible (small) water garden going (also bought Bacopa monneiri and Neptunia oleracea), but really none of them is particularly
We'll see. My container is only a small one, so I don't really want to devote space to bad-tasting plants!
Diane Kistner wrote:
One thing I'll say about water celery, it's unstoppable. I had some in my pond that didn't make it in the pond, but it's now madly spreading out in the moist soil around the pond. it's even outcompeting the water mint. I was going to try to eradicate it, but my chickens absolutely LOVE the stuff. It may not be the best thing for the flavor of their eggs, but every morning on my way out to their coop I yank up a bunch of it and scatter it around in their paddock for them. They go ape for it. So I'm not sorry I've got it. Famine food for chickens? Check.
I haven't tried cooking with it. But I made note of Stephen Harrod Buhner's remark that he's mindful of the value of invasives. Your post reminded me that I want to do some research on its medicinal value.