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 back yards.
It’s mid-spring and our quarter acre is just full of good eating – wood sorrel and dandelion, creeping charlie and garlic mustard, day lily shoots, and hosta. And so much more.
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Yes, hosta is edible and the rolled up leaves, 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.
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