Summer greens as fodder for the goats and for the table
By Sofia, Aug 28 2019 09:30AM
Vlita (βλήτα) and samphire (κρίταμα) are familiar summer salads on the tables of Skopelos tavernas. Among other, less known edibles on the island, is Purslane or Portulaca oleracea (γλιστρίδα, αντράκλα, τρέβλο). Available throughout our hot summer this easily-foraged, edible weed, with a sour and slightly sweet taste is rich in vitamins E, A and Omega-3 and has many beneficial properties. Popular in Crete and other parts of Greece, in Skopelos, this edible is yet to be accepted as fit for human consumption, instead of being used just as goat fodder.
Food is culture to the French, and this food loving nation may possibly soon bring change to the local lacking of knowledge. Some have gone to the trouble to bring seed from France. Sadly though, for the time being, this healthy readily-available and easily-foraged edible must remain a fodder for the goats, shared with and enjoyed by French visitors and only few of us locals.