Serendipity: As soon as he asked me this, my food came and an edible orchid was on my plate. I told him about it, then I had my husband take a picture of me eating it and texted it to our boy. The orchid tasted like red cabbage. Not bad!
I was definitely the cool mom then!
For the next few weeks, every time we went to a garden shop, home store, or even a garden he asked the store workers, “Where are the flowers were that I can eat?”
I discovered that dandelion flowers were edible. So, before we sprayed our yard (Yeah, I know… chemicals), we tasted one. Tasted like… nothing.
Then I discovered that yellow daylily blooms were edible. So we each tried a petal from one that was blooming in our yard. Again… tasted like nothing.
Recently, I harvested a basil stem from my garden. I put it on my kitchen window sill in a glass votive candle holder filled with water to keep it fresh. I was pleasantly surprised when it rooted and grew! Hooray! The basil began to bloom, so I let my boy taste a flower from my baby basil plant. It definitely had a taste.
“It’s poison!” he said.
“No, it’s basil,” I said. “We usually eat the leaves. Here, try a leaf.”
So he did. And he liked it. My “Mikey” is trying new things!
Later, my son calls to me, “Mom, are the stems edible?”
“Yep!” I call back.
A few minutes later I walk into the kitchen to get my baby basil plant and transplant it into the garden. The glass it was in is empty. I look in the trash. I can’t find it anywhere.
“Hey, have you seen my basil plant?”
“Yep. I ate it.”
“The whole plant???”
“Yep, you said it was edible, mom!”
“Did you like it?”
Guess I have to start watching my garden more closely. I may walk out and the basil “bush” that it out there may just be gone.