Creasy Greens Make a Great Addition to Family Dinners
Gathering Creasy Greens
Fields that were used to grow a crop on a previous year and which have not undergone Spring plowing are the best place to find creasy greens. A good sharp knife and a container or bag of some kind are all that is needed to procure the green leafy plants that grow randomly and wild.
To harvest one only has to cut the plant off at ground level taking care to shake off any dirt that may be attached. Thorough washing as one prepares to cook will insure that no dirt or undesirable leaves enter the crock pot. Although tender, the larger center stem should be removed.
Creasy are best when they are cut before flowering and grow too large. We in the southland enjoy eating them with cornbread and the pot licker is an added bonus. Creasy greens have a stronger more pungent taste than mustard greens, kale or the New Years Day favorite, collards.
I'm Bringing a Pot of Creasy Greens
Living here in the South church dinners and family dinners are common and especially in the Blue Ridge mountains. We also have access to some wonderful wild plants which grow that are often harvested for food. Some of the more common are Pokeweed, ramps and creasy greens which is one of my favorites.
Creasy greens may be found almost anywhere and their seeds are scattered by the wind and bird droppings. Most often creasy greens are found in fields that have not yet undergone Spring plowing and are easily spotted by their green leafy foliage growing on an otherwise brown field.
A sure sign of Spring is the desire of country folk to have a "mess" of creasy greens a custom and tradition. Church dinners or at family dinners someone will most always have a huge crock pot of creasy greens, dried beans of some type, cornbread and potatoes. As is the case for most greens cooked in the mountain style of cooking, the greens are seasoned with country cured ham or at the very least, a hambone.
- A Mess of Creasy Greens | Wisdom of the Plant Devas
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