The Edible Trout Lily

The trout lily is distinct: it is the small plant with the simple, spotted ovate leaves.

The trout lily is distinct: it is the small plant with the simple, spotted oval leaves.

The edible trout lily, found growing not 100 yards from the cottage, down by the Hollow Brook. It produces a pleasant little tuber under the plant, about the size of the first digit of the little finger. The tuber is sweet, crisp and flavorful.

These plants normally grow in large perennial colonies, but they are scattered and uncommon now due to a considerable overpopulation of deer which love the plant. People like deer, but if left unchecked they will eat out many plants and drive others to extinction.

I looked all through the maple woods down by the Rusalka Brook two weeks ago but did not see them. I guess they just hadn’t decided to emerge yet.

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