Hard vote! Strawberries, lettuces, wild violets...It will have to be the wild violets. The flowers are good in salads, the leaves are full of vitamins, minerals and are an excellent cancer preventative too. I vote violets.
True, podster. Im gonna try to grow Malabar Spinach for a green for summer salads to replace the lettuce that cant take the heat.
I voted strawberries. I just love fresh strawberries. My recipe is to pinch off the stem, wash and eat. As kids, my mom always seem to want us to not eat the raw blackberries, blueberries, plums, peaches etc in favor of "saving them to make a pie". I was never a rebellious child but am kinda a rebellious adult. I take great pleasure in eating fruit out of hand!
Favorite salad: toss lettuce with sliced strawberries and feta. Dress with strawberry balsamic vinagraitte. (mash about 1/2 cup strawberries with a fork Whisk with 1 tbsp sugar, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/3 cup olive oil.). My favorite balsamic is aceto balsamico di Modena produced for Ritrovo Selections. Worth every penny.
Strawberries, Wedding salad is sliced strawberries, chuck pineapple, fresh or canned in it's own juice. Let those two dance together for a while and then slice firm bananas in,
toss and yum! I serve it at all my weddings and those I help others with too.
I also love more mature fat asparagus. The fatter is much more tender.
As for the other things on the list, I love em all.
Fresh picked Italian peppers (sweet) and grape tomatoes. I plant them and they very seldom make it into the kitchen. I eat them right on the spot.
What are Fiddleheads?
My two uncles in Gresham, Oregon were berry farmers. We would show up from Nevada and he would meet us on the driveway. He would line us all in a row (4 siblings) and then said, get ready, go. We had 5 minutes to eat all we could pick and eat. Then we were not to go in the fields again unless invited by him. Being desert rats, we were in heaven with all the fresh berries.
Still remember the bread at Uncle Georges. It smelled. It was Pumpernickel. We only had home made bread at home and all of us children thought that was really weird bread. But they did have "regular" bread for us. Sharon.
Fiddleheads are the sprouting tops of ferns whilst still curled. Caution with some ferns is seriously recommended. Do your homework - you can't live w/o your liver - and I think that that is the target of any toxin.
Asparagus for me, but if I had asked my daughter she would have voted for strawberries.
I love roasted asparagus. Preheat the oven to 400 F , add a little olive oil and salt, and pop the baking sheet in the oven for 20 minutes. Shake the pan after 10 minutes to mix and you are good to go. Yum!
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the combination of GREEN BEANS and NEW POTATOES. Always on my table this time of year. The folks at the Farmers Market always display them side by side. Of course the STRAWBERRIES get a whole table to themselves.
Now if I can keep the blackberry faries out of my pickings so I can make something yummy.
Got the first batch of patty pan squash off the plants at work tuesday, gonna bring home a batch Sat for the first squash cookdown of the year...Yumm-0