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Prickly Lettuce

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Hello people, hope you are having a lovely week. I’ve been in a bit of photography slump as I’m looking for new things so you never get sick of the bees. I really miss having the birds on my front fence – I don’t put seed out for them at the moment as the paddocks and roadsides have ample seed supplies. The weeds have flourished this year with the regular rainfall. And it is a weed that I’m sharing today. (I still put out water for the birds but they visit when the light is poor or when I’m still abed.)

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While walking this morning – back building up to 10,000 daily steps – I wondered about this weed in my garden. I normally pull them before they reach this stage and I was surprised to see the dandelion-like seed heads. I discovered they are known as prickly lettuce and are the ancestors of all lettuces. Gosh, I wouldn’t fancy eating them, but the young leaves are edible.

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Most plants with milky sap are poisonous. These have milky sap and a horrible smell when you brush against them.

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Maybe if I was starving!

Thanks for looking. Do have a good day.

🙂

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4 thoughts on “Prickly Lettuce

    • I can remember one diet I was on, years ago – I would have a big plate of silverbeet with cottage cheese. Dad used to grow the silverbeet and I’ve always loved the stuff and often cook it with sliced carrots. I always thought spinach stronger. 🙂

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