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Roll me over in the clover ... Have you ever eaten a shamrock?


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Roll me over in the clover ... Have you ever eaten a shamrock?

rworange | Mar 16, 2011 09:15 AM

Most of what I've Googled says they don't taste very good. However, this article mentions there are several varieties of clover and shamrocks, and perhaps, St. Patrick actually used wood sorrel

"But edibility isn't a very strong argument when it comes to popular symbols, so let me offer another consideration. If you look at most drawings of shamrocks, they have leaflets that are heart-shaped. If you think of the common clovers that grow in your lawn, their leaflets are round. So both art and edibility point toward the heart-leaved wood sorrel. "

I was wondering why restaurants don't garnish salads with clover for St Patrick's Day ... or replace the sprouts with shamrocks on sandwiches. Shamrock stir-fry anyone?

This other link writes ...

" the leaves seeds and roots of all clovers are edible.

But depending on the type, they can be a bit earthy and somewhat sour. Avoid using too much lemon if you're putting shamrocks in a salad. They're also thin, full sized shamrocks don't work alongside things like spinach leaves or romaine lettuce (which are often earthy themselves)

The flowers are sweet (nectar) but a bit dry (they're flowers with many tiny petals) The plant is relatively nutritious. If you're in a survival situation, clover is good to have nearby"

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