40 Wild Edible Plants in the Carrot Family

This is a list of wild edible plants in the Carrot, Apiaceae, Umbelliferae family that have historically been used as food. It is for information, education and research purposes only. If you wish to experiment with these species you must do further research in order to find out how to cook and prepare the plants as … Read more

Hogweed Seed Spice, Cashew and Date Sweets

Hogweed seed spice is deliciously warming and is reminiscent of cardamon. I crafted this recipe and served the sweets at a gathering of plant-walkers who had met to remember Frank Cook, herbalist and botanical explorer extraordinaire. Frank died on 19th August 2009. He was also my plant mentor. Each year I do a memorial event, … Read more

Quick Braised Hogweed Shoots

Young, furled hogweed shoots (Heracleum sphondylium) are the queen of wild vegetables. Gourmet doesn’t even come close to describe them. If you place asparagus up there on an 8-10 ‘taste blooming awesome’ scale. This braised hogweed shoots recipe nudges in at an acceptable 12-14, making asparagus taste mediocre! Buttery, scented, divinely delicious and downright more-ish, … Read more

Sauteed Hogweed Leaf Stalks With Nettles & Wild Garlic

The young hogweed leaf stalks and nettle tips are at their peak at the moment with regards the freshest, youngest greens. Hogweed is a plant that I have a lot of respect for, it is one of the true gourmet wild edibles, and it is well worth spending the time learning how to identify hogweed. WARNING: Hogweed … Read more

Fermented Hogweed Borsch Recipe

This fermented hogweed Borsch recipe is divine. In Russia Hogweed’s (Heracleum sphondylium) old name was “borschevnic”. The soup was originally made using lacto-fermented hogweed. In Poland both the soup and plant are called “barscz” and by the end of the nineteenth century this had evolved to mean a soup with beetroot as the main ingredient. … Read more

Spiced Hogweed Seed Biscuits

Hogweed seed (Heracleum sphondylium) is a unique, but delightful new taste sensation. This recipe combines the subtle flavours of ginger and cinnamon with the strongly aromatic flavour of Hogweed seed to produce a scrummy, moist biscuit that will delight your family and friends. WARNING: Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) is part of the Carrot family and as such … Read more