EP14: Why The Balsam Bashers Might Be Wrong

In this episode I discuss with Pete Yeo from Future Flora why invasive plants may actually be good for the environment. Does the science stack up in favour of balsam bashing? As Pete says “What reductionist science would call an opportunist or invader, a more holistic worldview might call a Gaian first responder. Put another … Read more

Himalayan Balsam & Wild Fennel Crackers

Experience the joy of these Himalayan Balsam seed and Wild Fennel seed crackers, gently mellowed with delicious Parmesan cheese. They go perfectly on their own, with a slice of cheese, or even with marmalade! I know… weird right. Try them for yourself. Himalayan Balsam Seed Recipe Ingredients 220g plain flour 80g freshly grated parmesan 1/2 … Read more

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, … Read more