A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Siberian Miner’s Lettuce aka Candy Flower (Claytonia sibirica)

Elk Meadows, Mt. Hood W.A., 7/2012.

Named after the California gold-miners who ate it to stave off scurvy.  According to Aaron Barnett, the chef at Portland’s acclaimed St. Jack restaurant, “They (the leaves) look like little lily pads and taste like what spring should taste like:  fresh, juicy with a cucumber-like coolness.”

We saw thousands of these hiking up to the high lookout at Cascade Head.  Colors ranged from white to dark pink.

Cascade Head Nature Preserve, OR, 4/2014.

Cascade Head Nature Preserve, OR, 4/2014.

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One response

  1. I always look forward to finding Miner’s Lettuce when I’m out hiking, nice, green tasting, healthy snack!

    November 15, 2014 at 11:07 am

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