[NAFEX] Fw: Little Leaf Linden ,Tilia Cordata
dwoodard at becon.org
Fri Nov 13 01:04:51 EST 2009
I've read that NAFEX co-founder Fred Ashworth used to eat young leaves
of basswood (Tilia americana). I've nibbled a few myself, palatable
though they're not my favourite salad vegetable.
Hereabouts, littleleaf lindens (Tilia cordata) are common in the
ornamental nursery trade. I think they are somewhat used as street
trees. There are varieties, perhaps clones of European origin. If you
are in or near a city, ask the parks people.
"Trees in Canada" ( J. L. Farrar) says "Native to Europe; commonly
planted for landscape purposes; tolerates urban conditions."
You might ask Sheffield's Seeds about their sources.
Silver/White linden (Tilia tomentosa) from SE Europe/W Asia is often
used also for urban plantings though I haven't heard how the leaves taste.
Purslane is easy to grow including in midsummer here, succulent, tasty
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Larry D. Cook wrote:
> I have read that the young leaves of the Little Leaf Linden is a
> very good substitute for lettuce in salads. The flowers can be used
> as a tea. True or not, I am looking for a few small ,genuine Little
> Leaf seedlings that have not hybridized with other Lindens.
> I may have to get grafted stock or maybe "cutting" of verified purity.
> I do not trust the purity of seeds unless they came from Poland.
> Any suggestions?
> Does anyone know of a Little Leaf in Southern Indiana? From them I
> might be able to get "cuttings" later.
> Thank you
> Larry D. Cook
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