Hosta is Edible
I get that everyone wants to forage the trendy plants – ramps, morels, fiddleheads, etc. And why not? They are delicious. But my passion is to use, and teach others to use the common weeds and landscaping plants that are right in our own backyards.
Yes, hosta is edible and the rolled up leaves, or shoots, as they emerge in the spring, are a great alternative to asparagus.
My favorite was to prepare them? Bacon wrapped hosta shoots.
Harvesting Hosta Shoots
Hosta is a common landscaping perennial which loves shade, but will grow in full sun as well. It’s also very low maintenance, making it a popular plant in gardens everywhere.
Hosta shoots appear early to mid-spring. To harvest, simply cut the young shoot at ground level. Wash thoroughly before using. They are great sliced raw in salad, too!
The shoots, leaf petiole, whole leaves and flowers are edible, but taste best when young. All hosta species are edible.
Learn about identifying plants here: The Forager’s Guide to Plant Identification.
More Than Weeds
Are you interested in foraging, but a bit hesitant because you don’t trust your own abilities? I created a mini eCourse just for you. In More Than Weeds: 5 Common Plants to Forage for Food and Medicine you’ll learn that identifying plants is all in the details.
Using common plants with which may be someone familiar you’ll learn beginner botany skills that you will be able to use as you move forward. You’ll gain confidence to use these plants for your family in food and safe, home remedies. Get started now!
- 24 hosta shoots
- 12 slices of bacon cut in half
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 400°F.
- Wash the hosta shoots, and pat dry.
- Wrap a piece of bacon around each hosta shoot. Place seam side down on the parchment paper.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Turn the hosta shoots over and bake 10 more minutes or until the bacon is crisp.
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