Foraging Wild Shoots: Common Evening-primrose

Photo of Common Evening-primrose peeled stalk

Common Evening-primrose (Oenothera biennis) has several edible parts.* In June, plants who are sending up a stalk in preparation for flowering and fruiting are the source of tasty edible shoots. Similar to the shoots of many other plants (e.g., Wild Carrot, Common Burdock, Common Greenbrier), I snap off the growing tops where they bend easily. For raw eating of this species, I peel off the hairy outer part of the shoot and most of the leaves. If cooking, I simply remove the large leaves, and prepare as desired. (To view the following images in full-size, click here.)

*I've previously discussed the roots, flower buds and flowers, as well as how to recognize this species in the white season.


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