Pickled Alexanders Buds have a heavily-scented flavour, unlike anything you have most probably tried.
Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum) are an ancient food source that goes back to Roman Times, and this is one of those recipes that you either love or it doesn’t do much for you. Personally I love pickled Alexanders buds with a strong, hard cheese, and it is rumoured to go rather well with fish.
Collect 500ml of Alexanders buds, and blanch them for 10 seconds in boiling water to which you have added the salt. Strain off and allow to cool.
Peel and thinly slice the fresh ginger.
Fill a sterilised jar with the Alexander buds and sliced ginger. Now pour over cold vinegar and seal.
You can start eating this recipe after three days.
Robin is a forager and self-taught ethnobotanist. He specialises in wild edible plants and has been running foraging courses throughout the UK since 2008. He travels extensively documenting and recording the traditional and local uses of wild food plants in indigenous cultures.