“The more things thou learnest to know and enjoy the more complete and full will be for thee the delight of living” ~Phalen
The other day I was out walking with Caleb and I saw these plants in the woods. I bent down to look at them closely and wondered what they were. I had not noticed them before. There were about 20 growing all together in one patch, and I also saw more of them growing in the other parts of the woods.
Later on that day, I got out my Eastern Wildflowers identification book to look up a different flower, when lo and behold, I opened the book right to the page with the mysterious plant from earlier in the day! It was an Indian Cucumber Root. I read this:
“The root, 2-3″ long, has a brittle texture and tastes and smells somewhat like cucumber. It was used by Native Americans for food, but digging it for such purposes today is not recommended because the plant is scarce.”
So, I called to Ethan in great excitement and we went out to dig one up! There were so many, that I didn’t think it would do any harm to study one.
This is what the root looked like:
We brought it home, washed it (it was pure white!), sliced it long-ways to smell it (it really did smell like a cucumber) and then Ethan, Jacob, Grace, and I all had a bite. It was crunchy and the texture was better than the taste (it was bland, but good).
Whenever we find something new, I write about it briefly in our book:
We have also recently tasted cattail.
There is so much to discover, and I think that almost every time we go outside, I see something new. God is amazing!