Sweet Visitations

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The fragrant August air is abuzz with tiny wings as I approach the edge of the creek. Though I haven’t seen great numbers of honeybees lately they’re numbers still seem to be on the rise. They really like the wild lettuce and excitedly explore each open bloom as I watch through my lens. It’s hard to keep up with them as they jump from flower to flower packing as much pollen on their legs as they can carry. They have no cares about the goings-on of the world outside the cluster of blooms. They simply get the job done in a cheerful manner. It’s a sweet existence and they find no greater joy than filling their purpose. A life with purpose is a pathway to peace and tranquility.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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A Few Thoughts While Observing The Pollinators

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The tall ragged looking flowers are covered in thriving life as the sun floods through the mountains. In the wane of August it seems that the taller flowers rule the landscape until the crisping of Autumn. This one is wild lettuce. Also known as prickly lettuce and it’s blue flowers seem to draw a wide variety of insects to my Appalachian home. The slow roll of thunder in the distance doesn’t really alarm them as they enjoy the sweet blooms. I’m a little disappointed in the lower numbers of butterflies that have come to visit after such a promising Spring but I also know that nature always brings things into balance. Still, one comes along just when it’s supposed to. It’s fed by blooms that only open at just the right time and remain open only for that one day.

The universe runs as a fine tuned instrument. Everyone’s needs are met at the moment of need. The pollinators are there at the precise moment and location that they needed.

Another thing that I noticed while observing life surrounding a so called weed was that there was no fighting among the pollinators. Honeybees, bumblebees, sweat bees, wasps of every type along with flies and butterflies all working on the same cluster of flowers and all were civil to each other. But that may not be coincidence. A quick search of the internet found that some studies have indicated that the scents made by the flowers have a calming effect on the various insects that visit them. Even in my own work I’ve noticed that aggressive insects like hornets will tolerate the lens well inside what is normally their discomfort zone. And when I get a little too close they simply leave rather than charge. Perhaps the next time one manages to get in the house I’ll reach for the lavender oil before swatting and attempt a live catch and release well away from the door.

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Forage Friday #83 Wild Lettuce.

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Before we begin I should probably disclose the fact that wild lettuce is one of the plants that I’ve been reluctant to try. One reason why is that I’ve heard conflicting reports about the flavor. Some sing it’s praises while others say it’s horribly bitter. And, because there’s so many other options in the Appalachian Mountains I’ve tucked it away under the “Emergency Use Only” file in my mind. But, I do have a theory that those who say it’s disgusting have harvested it in the wrong stage of life.

It’s stated that domestic lettuce has pretty much been bred to the point where in order to get a more palatable flavor the nutritional value is lost. Wild Lettuce by contrast tends to produce copious amounts of white latex sap and that’s where the awful taste comes from. The sap is more prevalent as the plant matures and thus older plants are more bitter. So to begin with we should only consider the young rosette with new leaves in spring. These should have the least amount of latex and therefore more likely to be acceptable as an edible. Green Dean is one of my go tos on plants that I’m not intimately familiar with. His suggestion is to use wild lettuce as a cooked herb instead of a salad plant as we would domestic lettuce. The recommended method is to boil the tender new leaves for 10 minutes and serve with a vinegar based dressing. I suspect there’s some chemistry at play here. The bitter latex sap would be alkaloid so adding vinegar to bring down the Ph levels should improve the flavor. Again, I’m going on someone else’s word here.

We should also consider that there’s different kinds of wild lettuce just like there’s different kinds of domestic lettuce. This could also affect it’s quality as a wild edible.

The toothy margin and deep cuts into the leaf are identifying characteristics of wild lettuce.

The plants whose leaves are the subject of tonight’s photos were mature plants about to bloom. One of which I estimated was close to 10 feet tall. I was actually concerned that it might get into the power lines and cut it just in case it might be capable of shorting out the line and starting a fire. When I did it didn’t take long for the stem to produce that sticky latex sap.

When I was taking my early botany classes in the 90s the topic of herbalism came up any time we discussed something that was found locally. While discussing wild lettuce one of my classmates brought up the topic of “lettuce opium”. The gist is that during the Great Depression and prohibition the ingredients for homemade liquor were far too valuable as actual food than as a cocktail. For those who wanted to be intoxicated lettuce opium was a popular choice. The technique involved collecting the sap and reducing it down to a small marble sized ball and smoking it. The deleterious effects may have been nothing more than placebo according to James A Duke of Petersen’s Field Guide and The Green Pharmacy. He stated that “It was a better substitute for latex rubber than opium.” However, there is a tradition of using the substance as a sedative. Like most herbal remedies lettuce opium is credited with helping a broad range of issues. It’s isolates have been used as antimicrobial agents, cough syrup ( probably due to the precieved sedative quality ), various aches and pains and even malaria.

I always try to bring you wild plants that have at least some backing in modern science but to date I’ve not been able to locate a solid conformation of any of these claims. Which is kinda disappointing because it is a plentiful plant. Fortunately for me there are other confirmed plants that provide similar benefits on my mountain and so I’ll be keeping my opinion on wild lettuce as a option only if there’s nothing else available.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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