What plant were they picking, and why?
April 11, 2010 4:50 PM Subscribe
did the elderly Asian ladies collect by the riverbank, and what will they use it for?
posted by gemmy to home & garden (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We went walking by Four Mile Run, a stream in Arlington, Virginia. Where the trail crossed the stream, we came upon three elderly Asian* ladies, who were collecting these plants
from the stream banks, using little scissors to cut them close to the ground. It looked like they were only selecting the most tender shoots, not just grabbing all the plants in the area. Each one was carrying a full grocery bag of them.
We tried asking the ladies what the plants were and what they were for, but none of them spoke English. I have been trying to look the plant up online since, with no success. Any idea what this plant is? Is it edible? It it used for cooking or as a medicinal plant? I would love to know more. Thanks!
*I never heard them communicate among themselves, so I couldn't tell what country they were from.