Delicious Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) are budding forth as I write this. One of the most unique taste sensations in the hedge, I have a love affair with this plant that takes me into the realm of the sensuous. The leaves and leaf tips are extraordinary, but the Oxeye Daisy flower buds have got to be tried to be believed. Divine is not too strong a word to describe them! [Read more…]
An interview with Simon Mills, herbal practitioner and author of Principles & Practice of Phytotherapy, The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety, Dictionary of Modern Herbalism. In this interview Simon’s talks about : Why plants are not pills. Taking back control of our health from experts, and much more.
I love Garlic Mustard aka Jack By The Hedge (Alliaria petiolata), and while most of the wild food recipe books seem to concentrate on using the leaves and flowers, I like to focus on the vast amount of stems that seem to get over looked. Here’s a quick Garlic Mustard recipe for those on the hurry-up. [Read more…]
With the Wild Garlic aka Ramsons (Allium ursinum) filling the hedgerows at the moment, along with lovely Stinging Nettle tips (Urtica dioica) I was wondering how I could combine them to make something other than pesto or soup. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
The Ground Elder (Aegopodium podagraria) with its shiny young leaves is beginning to wake up. I love her lemony, herby taste and having suddenly got into a “frying phase” having never really been a fan of fried foods (other than an occasional egg) I’ve been experimenting. [Read more…]