Looks like it is Bull Thistle. So far I’m really enjoying your site. There is a brief window in which to gather these, usually near the beginning of June and well before they flower, after the fast-growing stem has bolted up but before it has toughened. [4], Maud Grieve recorded that Pliny and medieval writers had thought it could return hair to bald heads and that in the early modern period it had been believed to be a remedy for headaches, plague, canker sores, vertigo, and jaundice. flax seeds.Cooling and drying energetically with bitter taste. The tips go right into my skin and i can definitely see (feel?) Only a few grew in the grass and some grew in the red dirt and clay areas but they mostly liked growing where the people that built our house dug a hole to put wood ashes in. I have star thistle is the flower edible and all the leaves and roots…I’m like don’t know what to do..please help! When it gets 5-feet tall all the tasty starch in the root has been changed into energy to make the plant tall and green. I forgot to say we stew the stalks of milk thistle. You can also brew it with other herbs that support your liver. All the rest are — well — not really friendly, but if i’m careful, i can handle them with out gloves, it doesn’t hurt when i brush them with bare legs, and i can grab the stalks at the base with bare hands (uncalloused). Soaking the plant several days in water makes the threads available. Let these be sown, and their crop will amount to 576 millions. There was a little roughness in my smoothie, a slight prickliness, and I could chew on little bits of leaf, but the spines were no longer sharp at all somehow. [11][12][13], Other thistles that nominally are weeds are important honey plants, both as bee fodder in general, and as sources of luxury monofloral honey products.[7][14][15]. Of course, I think eating them is the sensible compromise. (Or roast whole by a fire and squeeze the cooked core out.). I have star thistle and I’m like don’t know what to do..please help! (So much for “free health care”). Thanks for any input. Bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare) and blessed milk thistle (Silybum marianum) are prevalent in the Willamette Valley. (if you didn’t get bored reading it.) The thistle is also used to symbolise connection with Scotland overseas. The honey stands out as having sweet floral notes and a medium taste intensity. Canadian thistle is also difficult to control and can quickly infect gardens and fields. The American Goldfinch begins its breeding season later in the year than any other finch and later than any other native North American bird, besides occasionally the Sedge Wren. Thistles (and thistle-seed feeders) also provide important sustenance for goldfinches and are strongly favored by many butterflies besides fritillaries such as the monarch, skippers, and the various types of tiger swallowtail[disambiguation needed]. I discovered it was thistle when I watched a youtube video. Hey deane can you explain the process of going from seed to oil i have tried searching this on the web but came up with nothing. The native American one (C. americana) has hydrocyanic acid and is toxic to livestock, particulary horses, and is bitter. Bull Thistle in Blossom. And about Carthamus sp. Although the taste may be a little bitter, you can add sugar or sugar substitutes or honey to your beverage to sweeten the taste. I love your website, articles and videos. [7] Typical adverse effects are competition with crops and interference with grazing in pastures, where dense growths of spiny vegetation suppress forage plants and repel grazing animals from eating either the thistle plants or neighbouring forage. All you need to be is observant, and hungry. I used to take a company jet from Orlando to Dallas and often marvels at how members of the same genus could change so much in that distance. All can be eaten raw, steamed or boiled. Reverse of 1967 florin: thistles, shamrocks, leeks, & rose. The thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland since the reign of King Alexander III (1249–1286). Then I put in some salt and spices – delicious green drink. Do you have a website? What does Italian thistle honey taste like? Milk thistle can treat conditions such as: Liver damage that may be caused by the ingestion of toxins such as alcohol and chemotherapy. (Also, on something almost completely unrelated, it’s a cute linguistic and conceptual hop from kirsos, varicose veins, to kissos, which means ivy.). Goldfinches like the seeds, too. The other which i’ve been calling “American thistle” also has spines but the only really stiff ones are on the bud. Our Star Thistle Honey. The flowers are favorites of Tiger Swallowtails, an occasional Silver Spangled Fritillary, and of course our humming bird love them. Here in Palestine we chew the dry seeds in late summer; said to be very healthy. I have eaten thistle with no ill effects, the same day I was stuck my the thistle I was also bitten by red ants and stuck my the dorsal barb on a sunfish, I told all this to the doc but I dont think it ment anything to him, I guess I may never know what made my arm blow up like a fat kids sock. I was wondering if you can use the flower to make tea or wine? Unopened Thistle Bud, photo by Green Deane. It has a nice nutty taste. (I still wouldn’t know they where called thistles if it wasn’t for your awesome website!) Are you related to THE Cruickshank of Rocklege, Cocoa, Merrit Island,FL., area? I am of Acadian descent and heritage. Not bad! Buon appetito! Milk thistle, or silybum marianum, has been used as a herbal healer since ancient Greek times. If you cook them do the thorns soften; or should I trim the thorns off? In the end – no thorns at all – perfectly smooth. Can also be used with acorns and palm seeds. It may look dangerous, but it is not poisonous. Thank you for this information. Other uses not proven with research have included treating malaria , mushroom poisoning , spleen or gallbladder problems, menstrual problems, liver problems (such as … [8][9], Conversely however, the genus Cynara includes commercially important species of artichoke and some species regarded as major weeds are commercial sources of vegetable rennet used in commercial cheese making. [24] As the floral emblem of Scotland it appears in the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom thereafter, and was included in the heraldry of various British institutions, such as the Badge of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom alongside the Tudor rose, Northern Irish flax, and Welsh leek. I sat down and pulled them out and wondered if they were poisonous. Ask your local librarian. Cheers! I live on the East coast of Australia in a sub- tropical zone and I Found wild Scottish thistle today on my walk, will collect tomorrow for “tea” and ” greens” many thanks, feel comfortable after reading all the postings and appreciate everyone’s contributions! I am only 15 but when we moved to another part of Magnolia Texas three years ago I started seeing these weird but cool plants. Milk thistle is often promoted for its liver … We peel them for the strings just like a carrot. Personally, I prefer the stalks of second year plants in spring, when they are a foot or so high. [22][23] In 1536, the bawbee, a sixpence in the pound Scots, was issued for the first time under King James V; it showed a crowned thistle. how a deer or buffalo touching one of those with it’s nose would not try to eat it. I did not get all of it out and my foot around the thorn festered and eventually popped the rest of the Thorne out. But not to worry; we like adding a favorite flavor to our cup of beneficial Milk Thistle Tea , … They cost about $150 on the internet. Milk thistle tea has a sharp, almost bitter taste, so add a bit of stevia or honey if necessary. What sets them apart, aside from the stiffness of their spines? Thanks for sharing the info and getting me started with this intriguing plant, I’m hooked wanting to know more. Are you saying that after it gets 5 feet you can’t eat it? Milk thistle tea has a delightfully smooth, rich, nutty flavor. Many find the taste comparable to a cross between hemp and . I also scrape the stalk after peeling it, then eat it with Italian dressing. But, the reward is edible stalks, edible leaves trimmed of spines roots and unopened flower bud bottoms. It was later adopted as a personal symbol by René of Anjou, together with the Cross of Lorraine, then known as the Cross of Anjou. ( I am new to this part of the world and wanted to see it up close.) Some ecological organizations, such as the Xerces Society, have attempted to raise awareness of their benefits, to counteract the general agricultural and home garden labeling of thistles as unwanted weeds. The first year the plant is j… Hello, I knew they’re weed but had a feeling there was more to them. But, the reward is edible stalks, edible leaves —trimmed of spines — roots and unopened flower bud bottoms. Nowadays the thistle is still the official symbol of the city of Nancy, as well as the emblem of the AS Nancy football team, and the Lorraine Regional Natural Park.[29][30]. Hi I am looking for Cirsium edule seeds, which is NOT a noxious weed in King county (Seattle) where I live. Thanks for reading my long story lol. When I found out it was edible, it was too late and the plant was already 4 ft tall…lol. Following his ascent to the English throne, King James VI of Scotland & I of England used a badge consisting of a Tudor rose "dimidiated" with a Scottish thistle and surmounted by a royal crown. [citation needed] It is found in many Scottish symbols and was used on silver coins issued by King James III in 1474, the first coins to feature a thistle. The leaves were cooked or used in salads, much like spinach . People really love its taste and claim it to be delicious. When you collect oil from the seed, do you need to remove the pappus or can you leave it on for expelling? Carefully peel the stalk of the fibrous coat, which is most of the green you’ll see. Common name of a group of flowering plants. A thistle is the floral emblem of Scotland and Lorraine, as well as the emblem of the Encyclopædia Britannica. Hello Green Deane, Another fact about thistles: Goldfinches use the fluff to line their nests. Use cautiously (consult your physician) if taking specific drugs which require adequate blood levels, such as cardiac glycosides or cyclosporine. However, depending on the type of thistle nectar predominant in the honey, it may taste slightly earthy, leathery or almondy or have an anise-like aftertaste. I did notice that the Blue Orchard Mason Bees really like the thistle plant! METHOD OF PREPARATION: Raw, boil or steamed hollow inner stalks peeled of green outer fiber; core of unopened flower buds, when cooked squeezed out like artichoke leaves;  stripped midribs raw or cooked. Do you have a book with photos so one could forage without a computer as reference? Some reports say they like wet areas but that certainly is not the case here in Florida. The two symbols became hugely popular among the local people during the Battle of Nancy in 1477, during which the Lorrain army defeated Burgundy. During this operation one barefoot Norseman had the misfortune to step upon a thistle, causing him to cry out in pain, thus alerting Scots to the presence of the Norse invaders. Plus, you can use the leaves in … But I rarely see any purplish ones, I always see the yellow ones and they get boring in color after awhile. A monofloral honey is a honey that is produced predominantly from the nectar of one specific plant. Horridulum means a little spiny, clearly a joke by Andre Michaeux the botanist who named it. The hole was covered up and a lot of really tall dead grass looking things grew there and so did a ton of these thistles. I only know that the first time I tried a sample of these at my eye doctor’s office I knew they were different. A bit more reading has shown me C. lanatus is not actually in my area, so I should be able to pick and eat all thistles in my area without much discretion. I did obtain some seeds for thistles and was disappointed until learned it can take a year or so for them to sprout. Sow these, and their produce will be 13,824,000,000,000, or thirteen billions, eight hundred and twenty-four thousand millions; and a single crop from these, which is only the third year’s growth, would amount to 331,776,000,000,000,000, or three hundred and thirty-one thousand seven hundred and seventy-six billions; and the fourth year’s growth will amount to 7,962,624,000,000,000,000,000, or seven thousand nine hundred and sixty-two trillions, six hundred and twenty-four thousand billions. So how does it work, and could milk thistle work for you too? Copyright 2007-2018 – This web page is the property of Green Deane, LLC. Lorraine is a region located in northeastern France, along the border with Luxembourg and Germany. Thistle flowers are the favourite nectar sources of the pearl-bordered fritillary, small pearl-bordered fritillary, high brown fritillary, and dark green fritillary butterflies. All rights reserved. When you say you use the entire rosette is that just the greens or is it the flower also. The term thistle is sometimes taken to mean precisely those plants in the tribe Cardueae (synonym: Cynareae),[2] especially the genera Carduus, Cirsium, and Onopordum. Yummy! Does anyone know where I can get some? Both the Order of the Thistle and the Scots Guards use the motto Nemo me impune lacessit, the motto of the House of Stuart and referring to the thistle's prickly nature. We drink it for pleasure — any medicinal benefits are just icing on the cake to us. Then with the knife cut into 3 or 4 inch pieces. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. This week I would like to point out two more thistle species, and some thistle look-alikes. Keep up the work on webpages like this! Just strip the green off the leaf leaving the very edible midrib. Any thoughts? Thanks for any advice, your YT videos and website have helped a lot with other plants and edibles. For example, in Canada, it is one of the four floral emblems on the flag of Montreal; in the US, Carnegie Mellon University features the thistle in its crest in honour of the Scottish heritage of its founder, Andrew Carnegie, and Annapolis, Maryland features the thistle in its flag and seal. Thistles continued to appear regularly on Scottish and later British coinage until 2008, when a 5p coin design showing "The Badge of Scotland, a thistle royally crowned" ceased to be minted, though it remains in circulation. The thistle, which is in the sunflower family, is often called an invasive weed even where it is native. A good thorn in my saddle! I can’t find a source any where. This one was a BIG help! These are some of the few Milk Thistle seeds that you will find certified organic. Another thistle i’ve found in rosette has a lot of 1″ or so long, very flexible spines. The thistle, and more precisely Onopordum acanthium, is one of the symbols of Lorraine, together with its coat of arms which displays three avalerions, and the Cross of Lorraine. [12] That’s too labor intense. In the Middle Ages, the thistle was an emblem of the Virgin Mary because its white sap would bring to mind the milk falling from the breast of the Mother of God. Photo by Green Deane. [19], In Portugal Thistle flowers are used in cheese making as a source of enzymes to coagulate the milk mostly used in the Beira region. [10] Similarly, some species of Silybum that occur as weeds, also are cultivated for seeds that yield vegetable oil and pharmaceutical compounds such as Silibinin. — progeny from coast to coast. Some prairie and wildflower seed production companies supply bulk seed for native North American thistle species, for wildlife habitat restoration, although availability tends to be low. For that reason, they breed late in the summer, waiting for the fluff. Also, the yellow star thistle grows prolifically out here. My mom used to forage in Maine ( Milkweed, dandelions, goose greens and periwinkles alonge the seacoast) but we never became familiar with what was in the west coast of Florida. The thistle, by the way, is also food for the larva of the  American Painted Lady butterfly, Black Swallowtail, Delaware skipper, Palamedes Swallowtail, Palmetto Skipper), Three-Spotted Skipper, Twin-Spot skipper (What? People mainly use the supplement to treat liver conditions. Can one juice thistle, thistle root, leaves and stalk? It is a thick, light honey, and some would say it smells like almonds. I was wondering if you had any plans for a milk thistle profile. Like many tasty wild plants, the thistle did not make its way into main stream food channel because of the spines and its two-year growth habit. So make a smoothie with it! Hi — we’re currently living (here in central Virginia) in the midst of a perennial old field of 20 acres or so. Spines on leaves were too sharp to hold. I was stuck with the thistleberry thorn i didnt get all of the thorn out. What does Milk Thistle Oil Taste like? It is very common and very good! It’s more healthy that way. I love your web site! Thank you everyone! In some species the branching can be throughout the stalk, in the bull thistle branching occurs only on top. . Keep up the great work. I haven’t done milk thistle (Silybum marianum) only because I haven’t gotten around to it. You can dab baking soda paste on it to draw it out of your skin. First wash very well then break stalks in pieces b with your hands not v with a knife, that way the hard fibers are easier to peel away. Is it possible to forage for milk thistle and can the same benefits be obtained from the plant or parts thereof? Also, the seed fluff when dry is great tinder. I didn’t know what it was but I didn’t want to cut it down. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Disclaimer: Information contained on this website is strictly and categorically intended as a reference to be used in conjunction with experts in your area. I too am originally from Maine and live north of Tampa in Florida. It’s actually quite delicious. They were about a foot or two tall with big yellow or bright pink/purple flowers and very thorny leaves. thankfully they weren’t. What Does Milk Thistle Extract Taste Like Tesco ed’s Medical Terminology Page. Dr Oz recommends them for liver detoxification. These prickles are an adaptation that protects the plant from being eaten by herbivores. If so, is there an easy way to do this with a lot of seeds? Some species, although not intensely poisonous, do affect the health of animals that swallow more than small amounts of the material. Cardoon leaf stalks, which look like giant celery stalks, can be served steamed or braised, and have an artichoke-like flavour with a hint of bitterness. It can help prevent elevation of liver enzymes, which can be a side effect of the medication. The root is edible, and according to one source, it tastes “like burdock root only better.” While burdock stalks are delicious, I really can’t stand burdock root, and I think it tastes like bitter dirt. What Conditions Does Milk Thistle Treat! Thistles are particularly valued by bumblebees for their high nectar production. In Florida the seasons can be mixed with the plant not taking a break between first and second year growth. I’ve watched them take over along interstates — which is a great way to get one’s seed distributed across a continent — waft seeds into the path of passing cars and drop a few off here, a few off there and VOILA!!! Thank you everyone! Would like to learn if eating or juicing thistle would help in any way. What does it taste like? Suppose we say that these thistles produce at a medium only 80 beads, and that each contains only 300 seeds; the first crop from these would amount to 24,000. [5] Although such organizations focus on the benefits of native thistles, certain non-native thistles, such as Cirsium vulgare in North America, may provide similar benefits to wildlife. This floral combination appears on the present issues of the one pound coin. Milk Thistle Seeds truly are one of a kind. Which species of thistle is referred to in the original legend is disputed. You might want to visit Foraging Texas to get the exact name of the species. If you peel it when it is young, it is said to taste like celery. and other butterflies. Popular modern usage favours cotton thistle (Onopordum acanthium), perhaps because of its more imposing appearance, though it is unlikely to have occurred in Scotland in medieval times; the spear thistle (Cirsium vulgare), an abundant native species in Scotland, is a more likely candidate. With heavy gloves and a trimmer I hold the plant upside down and cut off the leaves and sundry spines. Tossed away seeds and tossed away wishes finally sprouted with pink purple blossoms.YAHOO – THISTLES EXIST AND THRIVE. Native thistle provide important habitat and food sources for native fauna. Of course, one should wear heavy gloves when working with thistles, and some people have contact dermatitis with thistles, so make sure first. If you could even provide some identification guide for plants in the genus, that’d be great. In our county, musk thistle (Carduus nutans) is considered a noxious weed and and much effort is devoted to eradicating it, usually with chemical herbicides. Have tried for 3 years to grow one, finally, and it is thriving. Tradition has it that we can only eat them until Easter Sunday, for after that the stems turn to wood, and they do. Thistles, in this case Cirsium horridulum (SIR-see-um hor-id-YOO-lum) are among the hardest to gather of wild foods, Black Walnuts probably being the worst. Since 2013 a stylised thistle, crowned with the Scottish crown, has been the emblem of Police Scotland, and had long featured in the arms of seven of the eight pre-2013 Scottish police services and constabularies, the sole exception being the Northern Constabulary. I let a thistle grow in my yard last year just to see what it looked like. I might have missed it but I didn’t see if you had the size on the skinny ones. Please. 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