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O Year of Little Plenty

 Last year spoiled me; I realize that now, coming home with my sack almost empty after a wildcrafting expedition.  Last year, I made jar after jar of preserves, both of sour cherries and plums. The cherries this year came and went so quickly, and I foolishly thought they would linger like last year, the year of plenty.  The plums are almost all wormy, the yield lamentable.

And the milweek.  Last year, the patch was chockful of pods looking like horned and warty demon claws, and this summer, I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into them.  I noticed a few teardrop sized pods a little over a week ago, so I went out to harvest tonight. I came home with seven, yes seven, little pods.  The patch is stricken, suffering from too much heat, followed by rain, followed by a freaky chill and then heat again; the flowers are shriveled without forming pods, the leaves already curled and yellowed.  There are still some pods that are too immature to gather, but a bumper crop it will not be.

That's a pity because the pods:  Delicious!

The only thing that seemed to have thrived this year is the wild asparagus. With the unseasonable chill, we got a late crop of shoots, but not knowing to expect it, I missed almost all of them.  I did find one to add to my stew tonight, and that was a tasty treat.

I don't know how to feel about moving away on such a note.  I would have liked for the land to give me a grand send-off, but at the same time, it makes it a little easier to leave my haunts, knowing that not every year is a bountiful one.

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asakiyume
Jul. 19th, 2011 12:11 pm (UTC)
So these are the **pods** but not the silk you ate, this time round, yes? (I'm asking because my pods are getting to be about teardrop sized too--so now's the time when I can do a pod stir-fry? But when they get a little bigger, then the silk? (I need your guidance!)
mnfaure
Jul. 20th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
yep, the pods (http://willepadnos.net/jmkasunich/milkweed-pods-2503.jpg). My pods are still too small to get any silk, even though the beginnings of the silk are present. I think I picked my pods a little too early (around 2cm), but the weather has been so horrid that I'm afraid of them not developing more/getting knocked off the plant/etc. However, there are still a few more coming along that I'll let develop further, come what may.

So, yeah, now is teh time to eat the whole pod--stir-fired would be good; and here are some interesting ideas: http://hungerandthirstforlife.blogspot.com/2010/07/wild-about-milkweed-pods.html ), and later will come the silk... I hope we both get to taste it. :D
asakiyume
Jul. 20th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try that stir-fried recipe tonight!
mnfaure
Jul. 20th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Let me know how it turns out. :D
asakiyume
Jul. 22nd, 2011 10:27 am (UTC)
They were **delicious**! They really did remind me of fried okra, in a good way. I will definitely make them again. And to think that milkweed grows wild! And yet is so delicious, in so many forms. Wonderful. Thanks so much for putting me on to it!
mana_trini
Jul. 20th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
Year of plenty
2010 gave you fruits, plants, and a beautiful babe. Let God's creation recover in 2011 and maybe next year you'll find new haunting fields and a brother or sister for miss piss a lot...
mnfaure
Jul. 20th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Year of plenty
Bwahaha. That sounds like a great plan.
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