Edible Campus

Botanist George Ellmore discovers hidden culinary delights tucked away amid the grass

George Ellmore, an associate professor of biology and expert botanist at Tufts University, can find all the fixings for a tasty salad or stir fry along untrimmed sidewalks or in the shade of a mailbox. To show off this edible garden hidden in plain sight, Ellmore leads popular tours around the Medford/Somerville campus, in which students and community members get to sample a variety of surprising treats during different seasons of the year. Highlights include humble-looking weeds that taste similar to—or even rival—such familiar favorites as spinach, carrots and radishes. 

Video produced by Steffan Hacker, Digital Communications.