Monday, June 15, 2015

Enjoy a Bowl of Blue Dicks Salad

Dichelostemma capitatum
Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Dichelostemma
Species: D. capitatum

Commonly called blue dicks, this perennial plant grows in Arizona, California, Oregon, Utah, and New Mexico. Its corm used to be consumed by Native Americans. I've never tasted the corm, but I do like the taste of the flower.
From early spring to early summer, the blue-purple color flowers can be collected, rinsed, and used in your salad as a surprise from the Mother Nature! They have a natural salty mineral flavor, and crunchy texture which I found delicious when combined with fresh peas. I used only mayonnaise, olive oil, salt and pepper to make the dressing since I wanted to keep the original flavors of both peas and blue dicks.

Below is a shot of blue dicks and Giant Coreopsis on Anacapa Island back in March.

You should still be able to find blue dicks in June, so use it in your own cooking experiment next time!

May The Bb Power Be With You,

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