I went to the cold frame and picked a small bowl of spinach. This was supplemented with some violet leaves, and some nice chickweed. The salad was garnished with a chiffonade of salami, sliced hard boiled eggs, minced parsley and scallions - all from the garden.
Chickweed (Stellaria mediais) an annual widespread "weed" found in many gardens. It is small, succulent, has white flowers. They are very nutritious, high in vitamins and minerals, can be added to salads or cooked as a pot herb, tasting somewhat like spinach.
Chickweed exhibits a very interesting trait, (they sleep) termed the 'Sleep of Plants,' every night the leaves fold over the tender buds and the new shoots. Gather fresh edible plant between April and July, as soon as flowers appear, it can be used fresh or be dried for later herb use.