© 2009 Joshua Stark
I just found out that a plant growing in my garden is not only edible, but, according to some, better than its cultivated cousin, spinach.
I found it in a book titled, "Edible and Useful Plants of California", by Charlotte Bringle Clarke. It's a great book, though lacking the color photos for most of the plants, an absolute necessity for this coward. In fact, I'd prefer a book that came with a tiny person who knew all of it and I could carry in my shirt pocket, somebody who would point and say, "that's good right there." Lacking that (come on, Bill Gates), I have to make due with Google, which I love, anyway.
Another interesting thing I found in this book is that manzanita is edible and good. This book also includes recipes, so I'll be trying out the manzanita in a couple of weeks. Truthfully, I felt kinda stupid not considering manzanita (Spanish for "little apple") as edible.
To quote Tommy Lee Jones in a famous movie, "Just imagine what we will know tomorrow."