Creeping Smartwood or “lady’s thumb” can be found blooming and growing wild all over in the midsummer through early autumn. A common “weed” found in wet grassy places, along stream banks, creek beds and ditches, I’ve been picking this one for flower arrangements since I was a kid. I only recently learned that it’s edible (both the leaves and the flowers) and has a nice peppery flavor. When sautéed, it adds a delicious crunch to any dish! We spread it over fresh sliced tomato “steaks” but it would also be amazing on crusty bread or a soup.
stripping the blooms off the stems
both the blooms + the leaves are edible so separate them out from the stems
crunchy and savory smartweed topped tomateos