Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hey Everyone, listen to what Briar told me about

Cabbage Palm, Swamp Cabbage Palm

Quick ID: Tree up to 60 ft. tall, with long spreading leaves to 9 ft. long. Yellow-white flowers in many branched clusters; fragrant. Fruit 1/4" wide. Radical, improper pruning weakens the root system, promoting disease.  Prefers moist ground of marshes and swamps.

Human Uses: Leaves are used to make weave baskets and hats. Also used as for thatched roofs. Flowers are a source of honey. The "heart" has been used as a salad delicacy, however removing the heart causes the tree to die and is not encouraged unless the tree is part of a land clearing.


Swamp Cabbage Salad: -- Strip the core to the ivory-white heart. Julian slice. Soak in ice water for one hour. Serve with your favorite salad dressing.

Swamp Cabbage: Strip the core to the ivory-white heart

Cross Creek Style: Julian slice. Add two tablespoons of butter and half a teaspoon of salt. Cook in very little water until dry and tender.. Add 1/2 cup of heated cream. Heat to simmering and serve.

Recipe from Wild Edibles

Swamp Cabbage: Cut hearts of palm fine or shred into fine pieces

Slaw: Mix with mayonnaise and 1 or 2 teaspoons pickle relish. Season to taste


Hopwood, Horsewood -- Cocoloba Uvifera (Sea Grape)

Quick ID: Tree up to 40 ft., but generally small tree or large shrub. Leaves are thick and heart-shaped from 3 to 10 inches. New foliage is smooth and brown or bronze in color. Flowers grow in clusters. Fruit resembles grapes and are dark red or purple and ripen throughout summer.

Can be grown inland, where they may reach 50 ft.

Human Uses: Food. Wood can be used for carving

The most common way to eat seagrapes is as like all other grapes. Rinse and pop in your mouth.

Recipes from Wild Edibles
Seagrape Jelly: Wash fruit and remove stems and leaves. Pour through cloth jelly bag. Put 4 cups juice back in kettle. Add 4 cups sugar and keep stirring.. Boil rapidly. Pour into sterilized jelly jars and seal.

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