Spring Sarsaparilla Shoots Recipe

Spring Sarsaparilla Shoots Recipe

Summer 2018

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    Young Smilax spp. shoots are delicious when blanched and served with a vinegar-based dressing.
    Photo by Flickr/NatureServe
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Yield: 4 to 6 servings

If you live where you can gather early spring shoots of greenbrier from the woods, this is a delicious way to enjoy Smilax spp. Gather the shoots when they’re first appearing, taking only what easily snaps off the vine. Sarsaparilla will work in any recipe where you’d otherwise use green beans.

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