5180 Tecolote Road
San Diego, CA 92110
Tecelote Park has a rather rich history, dating back hundreds of years as a place for food and shelter for the Kumeyaay Indians. Tecolote, or owl in Spanish, was the given name for this bird whom is commonly found in the area.
Judge Hyde was one of the first settlers on this land and began
farming in the Tecelote Canyon in 1872. Back then cattle grazed the
land and rich soil provided tasty vegetables for their family. It is
said that startled residents would sometimes find mounted cowboys
herding strays in the backyards of their homes.
1978, the City of San Diego purchased this land and officially named it
Tecelote Canyon Natural Park. With the help of park rangers, the
community has helped to preserve and protect this canyon. Today, you
can find a nature center filled with educational props and exhibits and
6.5 miles of trails for biking, hiking, bird-watching and nature-loving.
Pease contact the Center Director at (858) 581-9959 for more information.
Personal Experience: This wasn't an amazing trip by any means, but it does have a historical background and sadly the interpretive center was closed when we visited. It was a fun nature hike though as there are plenty of medicinal and edible plants to study, photograph, sample, whatever. I will have to return another day to get the full experience.
Does anyone know what plant this is?
The interpretive center was unfortunately closed when we explored, so these next two photos were taken through the chain link fence. We'll have to go back one day because it looked really neat!
Anyway, onto the trail:
I'm curious to know what this plant is too:
This is the lemonade berry, which is edible and can be used to create a native-tasting lemonade, for those of you who enjoy tasting wild plants:
Fennel, which is great in many culinary dishes:
Below is the Cattail plant. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about its culinary uses: Many parts of the Typha plant are edible to humans. The starchy rhizomes are nutritious with a protein content comparable to that of maize or rice. They can be processed into a flour with 266 kcal per 100 grams. They are most often harvested from late autumn to early spring. They are fibrous, and the starch must be scraped or sucked from the tough fibers. Plants growing in polluted water can accumulate lead and pesticide residues in their rhizomes, and these should not be eaten.
The outer portion of young plants can be peeled and the heart can be eaten raw or boiled and eaten like asparagus. This food has been popular among the Cossacks in Russia, and has been called "Cossack asparagus". The leaf bases can be eaten raw or cooked, especially in late spring when they are young and tender. In early summer the sheath can be removed from the developing green flower spike, which can then be boiled and eaten like corn on the cob. In mid-summer when the male flowers are mature, the pollen can be collected and used as a flour supplement or thickener.
That's a spit bug creating all that goo! Each area with the "spit" has a tiny bug inside it!
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