a national treasure
steve and i have a friend named alan bergo. he is a local chef with a national reputation for wild food foraging. he has written one book on the subject, with two more in the works. this was my text exchange with hime this afternoon:
me: Hey Alan, Do you know what plant this is? thx, Mary Jo
alan: Oh cool! Silene vulgaris “Stridolo”
steve: Dude you are a national treasure.
alan: You have to try the shoots in the spring! “Asparago de collejas” like asparagus crossed with a succulent.
can you image having a database like that in your head? how i would love to see the world through his eyes. this world needs more weirdos like alan bergo. he is my kind of weirdo.
bladder campion (Silene vulgaris “Stridolo”)