By John D. McCann
It should be noted that I am not an edible plant expert, nor do I play one on television. I rely on reputable identification books on the subject (such as Samuel Thayer's books, Peterson field guide to Edible Wild Plants, and Steve Brill's), and the advice of various experts. Also, like all edible plants, they have the potential to cause allergic reactions and may otherwise be disagreeable to some people, even if identified properly as edible plants.
Asiatic Dayflower is a spiderwort and is an erect or reclining 3-petaled plant. The lower petal is smaller than those above. They support curved stamens. Note the heart-shaped spathe just below the flowers. The leaves, at their base, wrap around the stem to form a sheath. They are found at roadsides, waste places, and edges. They are found in the East From Wisconsin to Massachusetts, down to about Georgia.
The young leaves, flowers, and stems can be used raw in salads. However we like to steam them for 10 minutes and eat them like spinach. Although we eat a lot of wild edibles this is one of our favorite steamed.
Asiatic Dayflower, like spinach, cooks down a lot when boiling or steaming. Pick a lot, as you will be surprised how it shrinks in the pot.
For the 12. oz. harvested, there was about three servings. Try them, you'll like them!
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