Shamrock or not

Thu. Mar. 17, 2016

Click below to listen to my Garden Bite radio show:  Shamrock or not

Well, no, not really.  There is no “real” plant called Shamrock.  This is a slurred interpretation of the Irish word seamrog (pronounced shahm rogue) that simply means White Clover aka Trifolium Repens.

 White Clover

Ireland’s national symbol of pride and the early Christian symbol of the Holy Trinity is also a fantastic survival food for cattle and a nitrogen fixer for your lawn.  As well as a weed to many of us!

You could brew up a “supposedly” tasty tea or toss back a green beer today!  green beer

Happy St. Paddy’s day!  Backyard Recipes Clover Tea

White and red clover are both nutritious and highly edible. The flowers are  full of protein and can be dried to make nutritious flour. Flower heads  should be soaked in salty water for a few hours or briefly boiled or cooked for easier digestion. Soft and fresh flower heads are great stir fried, sautéed, or lightly battered in tempura.

white clover flowers

Eat Your Weeds  -White Clover Recipes
Wild Clover Rice
2 cups rice, brown or wild
2 cups fresh clover flowerettes, plucked from the flowerheads
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp salt
1. Cook rice in 6 cups water until done
2. While the rice is still hot, mix in clover flowers, butter and salt
3. Serve hot
* Add a 1/2 cup honey and chopped nuts to make a sweet dish

Clover Salad
2 cups rice
3 Tbsp olive oil
6 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
6 scallions, minced
1 cup walnuts (black, hickory, or English)
1 cup chopped dried fruit (try raisins, craisins, dates, or apricots)
2 cups clover flowerettes, plucked from flowerheads
1. Cook rice in 6 cups water until done– do not stir while cooking or cooling
2. Let rice cool completely to avoid stickiness
3. Add all above ingredients and mix well
4. Chill and serve, cold or room temperature

Sweet Almond Clover Biscuits
2 cups whole wheat flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup almonds, chopped fine
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 cups clover flowerettes, plucked from the flowerhead
1. Put flour, baking powder, and almonds in food processor.
2. Add butter and whiz again until it forms a crumbly mixture
3. Add remaining ingredients until dough forms a lump
4. Shape into biscuits and bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 450 for
10-15 minutes or until golden brown
5. Serve hot with butter and jam

* Please do NOT consume weeds that have been sprayed with herbicides such as weed and feed


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