Otium cum dignitate.
I suspect that we eat that 'little bastard' in salads over here.
I suspect you do, now that I have looked it up."The first leaves make an excellent salad or can be used in sandwiches. Leaves, stalks and buds are used in the same way as spinach; buds on their own, preserved in vinegar, make a substitute for capers. Both the bulbils which are formed in the leaf axils and the root bulbils are served with meat (stew in salted water until soft, strain and put in vinegar) or as a vegetable (Stew briefly in salted water, strain, sauté in butter, thicken with cornflour, season and serve)." (Edmund Launert "Edible and Medicinal Plants of Britain and Northern Europe", Hamlyn 1989)Apparently its Greek name means swallow (as in the bird!)I could never bring myself to eat it. Not when I am carrying out genocide on it. But interesting to find out that its edible.
We have a collective name for all these 'Greens' here, in Greek it is called Horta. An old lady friend of ours brings us bags of the stuff and you just know that every donkey and goat within a five mile radius has pissed on it - even after a complete wash there is still a taste of urine - or maybe that is my imagination.
Be thankful it is only donkeys and goats..round here its cats and youths...
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