Foraging the perilous swamps for Watercress. . .

IMG_4115To find Watercress you must brave treacherous swamps of fowl smelling mud, your path obstructed by Skunk Cabbages the size of elephants, your bare appendages sliced by razor sharp swamp grasses, only to be thwarted by poisonous Water Hemlock, masquerading lethally alongside Watercress.

Just kidding…. it is not that bad.

Watercress can be found in wet areas, near freshwater streams, usually alongside skunk cabbage, swamp grasses and Water Hemlock (which is poisonous so don’t confuse them!) The plants sprawl out with long stems, medium/small leaves, white flowers and seed pods which look like tiny peppers!

Watercress has a radish-like peppery flavor and can be eaten raw or cooked.  These fritters can be made as spicy as you like, just add more cayenne, or maybe some hot peppers!  The yogurt mint sauce is a nice accompaniment. My mint and chives were foraged from an herb box at the Sitka Center! Top with pickled Sea Asparagus for some a nice vinegar kick. (Recipe from June.)

WATERCRESS FRITTERS

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  • 1 cup  Watercress leaves
  • 2 scallions
  • 1/3 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 t. fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 t. fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/2 t. black pepper
  • 1/2 t. salt or to taste
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 T. flax seed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T. sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 t. cayenne

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Wash water cress and de-stem. All ingredients in a bowl. Should be a thick batter. Heat about 1 T oil (I used olive oil) at medium heat. Oil should cover the bottom of the pan, but you do not need to deep fry the fritters. Drop 2 T size drops of batter into pan. Fry fritters until golden brown and crispy.  Top with yogurt mint sauce and pickled sea asparagus!  Makes 6-8 small fritters.

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YOGURT MINT SAUCE

2 t. chopped mint

1 t. chopped chives

1/2 t. lemon juice

1/3 c.  yogurt

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