Traditional and Modern Use of Daisy

In This Issue Common NameScientific NameFamilyBotanical DescriptionStatusHabitat and DistributionParts Used For FoodHarvest TimeFood Uses of DaisyNutritional ProfileDaisy RecipesHerbal Medicine Uses of DaisyOther UsesCautionsAbout The Author Daisy, a humble little flower that is widespread in many parts of the world. A children’s favourite for making ‘daisy chains’ or ‘fairy chains’, the daisy has also been used … Read more

Traditional and Modern Use of Meadowsweet

In This Issue Common NameScientific NameFamilyBotanical DescriptionStatusHabitat and DistributionParts Used For FoodHarvest TimeFood UsesNutritional ProfileMeadowsweet RecipesHerbal Medicine UsesOther UsesCautionsAbout The AuthorReferences Sweetly scented meadowsweet was famous as a strewing herb and as a flavouring for mead. It later gained recognition as one of the plants that contain salicylic acid, from which is derived aspirin and has … Read more

Try This Majestic Meadowsweet Cordial

The delights of this super quick wild meadowsweet cordial recipe are worth trying. With Summer finally looking like it has arrived, my spirits pick up as I know that meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) is flowering. Culpepper tells us meadowsweet “makes a merry heart”. Something I can definitely attest to. I just perk up whenever I breathe … Read more

Wild Seeds You Can Grow in a Jar and Eat as Sprouts

Years ago, circa 1986, I used to teach ‘Biogenic Nutrition’. Don’t ask, it was a crazy diet and I was young and chasing enlightenment. Ah, the folly of youth. Back then I taught people how to ferment seed cheeses and how to sprout seeds in jars in their kitchens, along with following a raw vegetarian … Read more

EP23: Wild Tea Ceremonies & Celebrations

How to create your own local wild tea ceremonies and celebrations for community building and wild wellbeing. In this interview, I talk with my friend Mary Morgaine Squire on how to create local wild tea celebrations to reconnect us to plants, place, self and soil. Listen To This Podcast Subscribe To The Podcast Apple/iPhone users subscribe … Read more

Black Mustard Soup

This black mustard soup recipe came about from wandering. Wandering carefree through the hedge. For a few days, I have been walking past black mustard (Brassica nigra). The delicate little flower buds gracefully adorning tender stems called out to me. “Use me like little broccoli florets”, they sang. And because I have been immersing myself … Read more

Traditional and Modern Uses of Sorrel

In This Issue Common NameScientific NameFamilyBotanical DescriptionStatusHabitat and DistributionPhotosParts Used For FoodHarvest TimeFood UsesNutritional Profile of SorrelSorrel RecipesHerbal Medicine Uses of SorrelOther UsesCautionsAbout The AuthorReferences Common Name Common Sorrel. Scientific Name Rumex acetosa. Family Polygonaceae. Botanical Description Common sorrel grows up to 10–120 cm. Its stalks bear clusters of small reddish-green to brown flowers and … Read more

Smooth Sowthistle Salsa

Sowthistle is delicious. One of my favourite Springtime greens its texture is similar to little gem lettuces yet it has so much more flavour. I pull the leaf blades off the leaf-stalk and use those, along with the young tips in most of my sowthistle recipes. The raw leaf stalk itself is too bitter for … Read more

Traditional and Modern Uses of Ribwort and Greater Plantain

In This Issue Common NameScientific NameFamilyBotanical DescriptionStatusHabitat and DistributionParts Used For FoodHarvest TimeFood UsesNutritional ProfilePlantain RecipesTraditional Medicine UsesOther UsesCautionsAbout The AuthorReferences Greater Plantain and Lesser Plantain belong to a big family of plants called Plantaginaceae. Greater and lesser plantain is also known as common plantain and ribwort plantain respectively. Plantains are a versatile wild edible and … Read more

Spiced Cow Parsley And Orange Compote

This cow parsley recipe came about as a result of touching and crushing the young stalks. For years I have always wondered why Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) aka “wild chervil” is only used as a herb, with only the leaves being used in small amounts. This demotion to simply a seasoning is a shame. Considering … Read more