We saw these wild thistles at Far West Fungi this past weekend. Honestly, we thought they looked more like green ears of wheat than thistles.
These are the young and tender shoots of a type of wild thistle plant. These plants can be steamed or baked in gratins, and have a delicate, nutty flavor. It's quite uncommon and rare to see these in the market because they have a very short growing season, and most people simply don't know what to do with them; they were more common in ancient times when humans foraged for food.
Related: Found Food: Do You Forage for Food?
(Image: Kathryn Hill)