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Pineapple Weed plant.
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Pineapple Weed

(Matricaria Discoidea)

Pineapple Weed would have been important for the Arctic restaurant as the plants can be powdered and sprinkled on meat to reduce spoilage and keep away flies. The flowerheads can be eaten raw as well as the plants, though bitter by the time the plant is in bloom. Pineapple Weed leaves have a sweet pineapple scent when crushed.


(Rhodiola integrifolia)

The young leaves and shoots are edible raw for salads. The rhizome can be boiled and eaten. Evidence suggests that the herb may be helpful for enhancing physical performance and alleviating mental fatigue. In Russia and Scandinavia, it has been used to cope with the cold Siberian climate and stressful life. It can also be used to prevent altitude sickness.

Roseroot plant.
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Salsify, Goatsbeard or Oyster Plant

(Tragopogon porrifolius, Tragopogon dubius, Tragopogon pratensis)

Salsify roots and young leaves are edible raw. The roots can be dried and ground. The roots are also roasted as a coffee substitute. Young stalks and root crowns are edible once then have been simmered.

Self Heal

(Prunella Vulgaris)

The leaves are edible raw and are suitable for use as a potherb. They have a slightly bitter taste and are best when cooked.

Self Heal plant.
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Sheep Sorrel plant.
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Sheep Sorrel

Rumex Acetosella

The leaves are edible raw with a lemony, tangy, or nicely tart flavor but may be bitter. This can be remedied by boiling the leaves with several changes of water. Consumption raw will block nutrient absorption. It has been used to make wine.

Shepherd's Purse

(Capsella Bursa-pastoris)

Frederick Trump would have loved Shepard's Purse, the salt and pepper of the wild. For a peppery flavor use the pods and seeds which are both edible. If parched, the seeds can also be ground to flour. If you burn the plant, the resulting ash can be used as a salt substitute. The ash can also be used as a tenderizer which would be useful in the Arctic Restaurant for wild game. The roots can be eaten fresh or dried for the winter. All parts of the plant are edible raw but older plants should be tenderized by boiling in water with some baking soda.

Shepherd's-purse plant.
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Silverweed plant
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Silverweed or Cinquefoil

(Argentina anserina, Argentina pacifica)

The rhizomes can b eaten raw, though they can be bitter. They are best when roasted, boiled, or fried for several minutes. Roots can be dried for storage and are best harvested in autumn or spring.

Sow Thistle

(Sonchus arvensis, Sonchus asper, Sonchus oleraceus)

Young leaves when eaten raw have a flavor like lettuce. When cooked, the flavor is more like chard. Young leaves are best after boiling in at least one change of water before eating.

Sow Thistle plant
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