Traditional and Modern Use of Butchers Broom

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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