And as Mr. Grey Wolf neared and snarled
in those far-away woods 'neath an oak tree gnarled
And grown with ivy, yet standing there
And raising its head in the glad sweet air,
Then came that strangest of things to see -
(Far out of the ken of you or of me)
For Riding Hood changed all at once to the tree
That now we call Red Bud.
Kate Stephens 1911
The nutty nature of early spring red bud flowers gives way to a pleasant, almost citrus fruit acidity in this simple salad of French sorrel and flowers. Garnish with shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and a dressing of extra virgin olive oil and white wine vinegar infused with minced -- or better yet -- lightly toasted slices of garlic.
About this post
Yellow Tree Farm is a family owned, biointensive, urban homestead located in St. Louis, Missouri. The farm provides produce to some of the finest restaurants in town, runs a local CSA and is a vendor at the Maplewood Farmers Market. I am a proud member of the Yellow Tree Farm CSA. This post is part of a planned a series highlighting the fine ingredients that come in their weekly delivery.
Yellow Tree Farm has been an advertiser on this site since January 2011.