Steamed Alexanders Recipe

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The young growth of Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum) are just beginning to emerge, and now is the time to don your wellies and hunt out this delicious Springtime green.

The shoots are a little young at the moment but are still worth going out and foraging for.

Ideally, you need to be finding the reddish young shoots, although this recipe was made with predominantly green ones, and still tastes fabulous.

Steamed Alexanders Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 x large bunches of Alexanders
  • fresh lime juice
  • butter

Serves: 2 people

Steamed Alexanders Recipe Instructions

Step 1

Find a nice patch of young Alexanders.

Step 2

Wash and trim the stems to roughly even lengths.

Step 3

Steam the stems for about 5-10 minutes.

Step 4

Serve with lashings of butter and a squeeze of lime juice. The lime juice really compliments this scrummy wild vegetable dish.

Further reading: Traditional and Modern Use of Alexanders


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  1. Nice to know. Is it possible to find Alexander plant at beginning of autumn in UK? As this year has been hot and dry for almost the whole summer. I found plant that look like Alexandra today and it’s October.

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