Goldenrod or Yellowweed in the Rockies
A Beautiful Flower And a Survival Food
(Solidago Elongata) other names: Goldenrod or S. lepida
The Goldenrod is a versatile flower that can be harvested for food at any time of the year. This plant can easily be found even in the heart of the winter due to the height at which it grows. It will usually be visible above the snow, even though it might be brown and tattered looking it can still be consumed.
Eating the Goldenrod Plant and Flower
You can actually eat the entire plant such as making:
- Use the dried leaves stems and roots as flavoring
- Grind into a flour
- Fresh leaves as a salad
- Added to soups for flavor (supposedly particularly good in cream based soups)
Health Uses Include:
There are over 100 varieties of the Solidago family, they are often found in large clusters or small patches. They can be found on roadsides and in fields. They prefer rocky type soils and usually flower in June-August.