5.04.2010

Part 1: Nature Walk in San Pedro

Yesterday, my family and I spent the day at Deane Dana Friendship Community Regional Park in San Pedro. We went on a nature walk with a Master Herbalist and learned about different weeds and plants around the park. This will be part 1 of a 3 part series in which I will share pictures and describe each plant and what it can be used for....some can even be eaten, as long as you are aware of their surroundings (location is next to dirty polluted water) and make sure they were not sprayed with pesticide/herbicide, etc!!


Plant 1 (above): Fennel

Fennel is crunchy and slightly sweet, adding a refreshing contribution to whatever dish you are preparing. Be sure to add this to your selection of fresh vegetables from the autumn through early spring when it is readily available and at its best. Fennel is composed of a white or pale green bulb from which closely superimposed stalks are arranged. The stalks are topped with feathery green leaves near which flowers grow and produce fennel seeds. The bulb, stalk, leaves and seeds are all edible. Fennel belongs to the Umbellifereae family and is therefore closely related to parsley, carrots, dill and coriander.


Plant 2 (left): California Lilac

The flower of this plant is very soapy. The instructor took some of the flowers in started rubbing them in her hands and voila, there formed a soapy foam. Another name for them is Ceanothus. They are some of our most fragrant and colorful shrubs here in California. They are also evergreen and very drought tolerant.




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