Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
I have discovered foraging, and have a new appreciation for some weeds. Especially when some of them taste absolutely delicious, and have big cocktail potential. Recently, Tama Matsuoka Wong was in Seattle at the Book Larder, sharing her book Foraged Flavor. She passed around plants that are usually found in meadows or weed patches rather than in our herb and vegetable gardens. Some I recognized, and some I had never paid much attention. I recognized this pineapple weed, which looks a lot like camomile, and is in nearly every driveway in my neighborhood. I had no idea it smelled and tasted just like pineapple.
Foraged Flavor is full of pictures, illustrations and plant identification tips, as well as loads of recipes developed by Chef Eddy LeRoux of Daniel’s restaurant in New York City. Tama is the forager for this three star Michelin restaurant, so these foraged finds aren’t just edible – they are memorable.
I just made some Pineapple Weed Syrup. I still can’t believe how good it tastes. Coming up, I’ll share a summer umbrella drink featuring this wonderful infusion.