Positive-Impact Harvesting Technique: Thistles tend to be underharvested, & as a result are now considered an “invasive species”. Most often there will be so many that picking several stems & boiling the leaves &/or thistleheads will leave you full & still having too many to pick. Do an “Abundance vs. Isolation” check, & if there’s a lot of them– pick at will & leave a few to spread. mitigate their population.
Uses: Thistle stems are delicious, & are often fibrous, so they are particularly good for juicing & are very refreshing on a hot day!
Photos: Distance Everheart
Bibliography: Randy White Feather
Database Entry: Distance Everheart 7-29-13