Traditional and Modern Use of Butchers Broom

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In Sicily the young shoots are cooked and eaten like asparagus, then dressed with oil and lemon.

In Tunisia these seeds are first boiled, roasted, then ground and used as a coffee substitute.

Butchers Broom Recipes


Butcher’s Broom is part of the Asparagus family (Asparagaceae), and the berries are poisonous. If eaten they cause digestive problems and a condition known as hemolysis; the rupturing or destruction of red blood cells.

  • Scientific name: Ruscus aculeatus
  • Family: Asparagaceae
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