A Gallery of Wild Botanicals at Saturday's City of Merchants Fundraiser
On Saturday, the gates to the Marble Cemetery opened for the City of Merchants, a fundraiser for the New Amsterdam Market. The fundraiser kicked off in the late morning with a display of wild botanicals harvested by farmers from northern Vermont. For adventurous cooks and foraging geeks, the spread was like something out of a fever dream; more familiar vegetables and herbs like wild ramps and mint shared table space with more exotic plants like oxeye and amaranth. And while the wild greens were the main draw, the Marble Cemetery itself held formidable allure: aside from being one of Manhattan's most pristine and inaccessible oases, it has its own unlikely harvest, owing to a huge mulberry tree and patches of wild strawberries. Click through to see it for yourself.
They look like leeks, but cattail hearts have no relation to the Alliaceae family. At least one survivalist blog calls it a "survival plant bar none," and likens the taste to cucumbers. They're apparently very versatile, and can be pickled, canned, and frozen.