Historical & Cross Cultural Food Uses of Three Cornered Leek (Allium triquetrum) aka Wild Leek

Video About Three Cornered Leek

Called “three cornered leek” (Allium triquetrum) because the leaves have a ridge down the middle of them that resembles the keel of a ship. You might be forgiven for thinking at first glance that this is simply a grass of some kind, but as soon as you crush the leaves or any part of this plant, its garlicky smell is revealed confirming you have the right plant. All Allium species are edible with some being more flavoured than others. [Read more…]

Wild Garlic & Dandelion Salad

Wild Garlic Dandelion Salad Recipe

Being a rather full day, I wanted to rustle up a quick lunch, and on my way back from a meeting I gathered a few handfuls of young Wild Garlic/Ramsons (Allium ursinum) and Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) leaves. Thinking of how the French have traditionally served their dandelions, or Pissenlit as they call it, I decided to create my own variation. I was intrigued to find that it was actually very filling, even though the amount of the salad I ate was that of a side portion. So if you’re in a hurry, why not try out this Wild Garlic/Dandelion recipe.  [Read more…]

Wild Garlic Pakoras

Wild Garlic Pakora Recipe

Spying some pakoras in my local India delicatessen, I pondered on whether Wild Garlic/Ramsons (Allium ursinum) would work as a replacement to the usual spinach. After all, once steamed it does resemble spinach in texture.

So using the remainder of the Wild Garlic that I had gathered along with about ten other wild edibles for my talk at the Budleigh Food & Drink Festival, I whipped up this Wild Garlic recipe. And they turned out a treat. Way better than the usual shop bought pakoras! [Read more…]

Alexanders In Gluten Free Cheese Sauce

Alexanders Recipe

With buds appearing on the choice, young Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum) I spend an afternoon gathering down near my local river. The sun is shining, the sky an azure blue, and the smell of Spring is finally in the air. My body sighs with delight as I relax into the land. Winter finally feels put to bed.

According to Randall in the Journal of Ecology, Alexanders was “probably used since prehistory, became very popular during the time of Alexander the Great (fourth century BC) and was widely cultivated and eaten by the Romans, who introduced it into western and central Europe, up to the British Isles where it is now completely naturalised”. [Read more…]

Oxeye Daisy Tabbouleh

Oxeye Daisy Recipe

Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) is one of the most delicious and uniquely flavoured wild herb-vegetables that I use in the kitchen. Savoury, herby and all things delicious I chanced upon the idea for this recipe whilst mulling over how to make a tabbouleh without the usual bulgur wheat.

Also I had been taught by a middle eastern friend that the regular tabbouleh you find in restaurants and in shops and supermarkets is a pale comparison to the green laden recipe that is the traditional way to make tabbouleh.  [Read more…]

Eatweeds Podcast #2: Beyond Botany

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In Episode 2 of the Eatweeds Podcast Robin Harford interviews his Russian friend, plantwalker and herbalist Olya Maiboroda about how we can know plants beyond the usual botanical methods.

Something that pretty much all indigenous cultures have in common, is that we where foragers before botany was even dreamt up, and as a result how did humans discover the medicinal and edible uses for plants? [Read more…]

Oxeye Daisy Bruschette

Oxeye Daisy Recipe

It’s bitterly cold outside and I’m wandering around my local foraging area looking for something to gather. My body is wanting something with lots of garlic, and oil and fresh raw tomatoes. Not the usual foods one would necessarily want on a cold day, but as I am just getting over a monstrous upper respiratory infection, one which has seen me consume upwards of 15 garlic cloves a day over taking regular antibiotics. I think the craving for the foods stuff is still part of my ‘cure’, well bread aside that is. [Read more…]