Saturday, May 8, 2010

Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigolds

Common Name: Marsh Marigold
Scientific Name: Caltha palustris
Family: Buttercup, Crowfoot/Ranunculaccae
Habitat: Marshes, Streams, and occasionally around Lakes
Bloom Time: Early May to Late June (depending on how early spring arrives)
Edibility: Early spring greens are edible when fully cooked. This requires cooking the young leaves in 2-3 changes of water until barely tender. I like them cut in small pieces and drizzled with vinegar. They should only be eaten in small quantities.

Warning: NEVER eat the leaves raw. The mature leaves contain a toxic chemical called ranunculin.

1 comment:

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Gwyn. I think Marsh Marigolds are so pretty and cheery.