An English In Kentucky


















April 23rd 2010    Tim Candler

    Hosta are sometimes called Plantain Lily.  In cooler, damper climates most varieties are prone to slug and snail attack, and in Britain Hosta protection against slug and snail attack probably resulted in decline amongst Mistle Thrush.

     Here in Kentucky, there is a skinny slug that wanders, and if I am lucky I see the occasional small snail.   These are Lilliputian creatures compared to their cousins found in so many English gardens.  It is one of those unexpected comparisons, because when I first came to Kentucky I reckoned on Kentucky slugs and snails being at least four times the size of their English cousins. 

    The larger snails sautéed in garlic and oil are delicious.   They are easy protein, until you come across a variety that contains hallucinogenic properties.  Beer and half an orange encourage edible snail to conference and as sun rises they are easily gathered.

    Hosta, or Plantain Lily is a relative of Plantain Weed.   Both are species introduced to the USA.  The Plantain Weed is so totally demanding in its ability to colonize that those not fond of it sometimes refer to it as White Man's Foot and sometimes refer to it as English Plantain. 

    Oh to be a heliculturist!  Spend the day wrangling snail and the evening preparing sauces. 

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