Syringa spp. – Lilac

Lilac (Syringa spp.) is a genus of 12 species of flowering woody plants that are native to southern Europe and Eastern Asia. Lilacs are commonly grown in temperate areas. Lilac flowers are edible raw. They have a floral flavor, reminiscent of their scent. Lilacs can be infused into sugar or honey. They can be used […]

Hosta spp. – Hostas

Hostas (Hosta spp.) are a common landscape perennial that thrive in shady woodland conditions. They are commonly eaten in Japan as a “mountain vegetable”. Hostas are edible from shoot to flower. In the spring, shoots can be cut and eaten raw or lightly sautéed. Look for larger young shoots that are tightly coiled. They will […]

Taraxacum officinale – Dandelion

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a non-native plant from Europe that is edible and medicinal from root to flower. Dandelions can be found in lawns, parks, meadows, and disturbed areas. They can tolerate a wide range of conditions and grow in every U.S. state.   Dandelions form a basal rosette of leaves in early spring. The […]