Gorse Flower Cordial Recipe

It was a cold and frosty late afternoon on December 30th when Zillah and I decided to go chasing Gorse flowers. Vibrantly bright, Gorse certainly isn’t a timid plant. I love to graze on Gorse flowers when I walk. The sweet nectar that hides itself away at the bottom of the bud trickles onto my taste buds. Today we gathered enough Gorse flowers to make a gorgeous Mid-Winter cordial you

Dandelion Root Coffee Recipe

My wife came home the other day with a huge bag of dandelion roots which she plonked in the middle of the kitchen floor, smiling a huge smile. Dandelion coffee anyone? And so the washing, grinding and roasting began. Please note it is illegal to dig up roots without landowner’s consent. Dandelion Root Coffee Recipe Instructions Step 1 Dig up a large bunch of dandelion roots. You’re going to need

Sorrel Soup

I went and picked Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) for this warming, tangy sorrel soup recipe. Sorrel is widely available, and can often be found on grassland and in hedges. For this recipe, I went along an old green lane at the back of my house and found a great cluster of these lemony tasting leaves. Sorrel leaves are a great addition to this warming, tangy Autumn soup recipe. Extremely easy to

Hawthorn Jelly Recipe

This is a lovely, simple hawthorn jelly recipe that you can have with cheese or meats. Make it now and you’ll be in time for giving it away as Christmas presents. If your celebrating is more earth-centric, then you’ll be in time for the return of the sun on December 21st. Enjoy this autumnal hawthorn jelly recipe. Hawthorn Jelly Recipe Instructions Step 1 Find a nice Hawthorn bush (Crataegus monogyna)

Edible Burdock Root Recipe

Burdock (Arctium) root is a tasty addition to a stir-fry. You can use either Greater Burdock (Arctium lappa) or Lesser Burdock (Arctium minus). IMPORTANT: Please note that it is illegal to dig up roots without the landowner’s permission. When harvesting burdock root, make sure that you gather it only from the first-year burdock. Second-year burdock is past its edibility prime and is not recommended as a foodstuff. Also, make sure

Himalayan Balsam Seed Curry Recipe

Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) has been eaten in India for hundreds of years. I first came across the reference in Sir George Watt’s six volume ‘A Dictionary of Economic Products of India’ 1889-1896. In it he mentions that the seeds are eaten, having a nutty flavour. In this recipe, my friend Chris Holland from Wholeland, is going to be showing you how to make a spontaneous Himalyan Balsam seed curry

Blackberry Vinegar Recipe

Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) vinegar is fantastic added to salad dressings. It can also be used as a thirst quencher on a hot day and is excellent as a hot drink when you have a cold or the flu. When you notice a cold looming, take 1 tablespoon of blackberry vinegar in a cup of hot water, or drink 2-3 cups a day if your cold is full-blown. Step 1 Pick

How to Dry & Store Rose Hips for Rose Hip Tea

Rose Hip Tea (Rosa canina) is so refreshing and packed with vitamins and minerals. A great hot Winter time drink. Delicately sweet, this is one of my favourites, and I consume it daily throughout the Dark Months. For rose hip tea, simply put 1-2 teaspoons of dried rose hips in a tea pot, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then strain into a cup. Drink at will. Step 1 Pick