Tag - Spring

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Nettle Gnocchi - A Wild Food Recipe

gnocchithumb.JPGStinging nettles are normally a wild vegetable for the springtime and early summer, but you can sometimes find them out of season

That's what I did - and I used them to make nettle gnocchi

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Sunday, May 24, 2009


chickweedthumb.JPGChickweed is a fast-growing plant, common on cultivated soil - it's one of the plants we spend time and energy weeding out of our salad gardens - and yet it grows lush and green when planted crops such as lettuce may struggle.

We should probably just eat the chickweed.

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Monday, May 4, 2009


bittercressthumb.JPGWe went for a walk and picnic in the New Forest - I added a bit of freshness and zing to my sandwiches - in the form of bittercress.

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Sunday, May 3, 2009


hogweedthumb.jpg3 May 2009 - Several times in the past I've intended to try eating hogweed, but have arrived too late to get the tender young emerging shoots - this time, I got the timing exactly right.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Cuckoo Flower

cuckooflowerthumb.jpgSpring has very much sprung - and the Cuckoo Flower is out.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Gorse Flowers

gorsethumb.JPG"Kissing's out of season when Gorse is out of flower" - so they say.  This is a wild food article about gorse flowers, which can be found at pretty much any time of year...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Crow Garlic

crowgarlicthumb.JPGWhile we were out walking at Keyhaven, I happened to notice large amounts of Crow Garlic

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Stinging Nettles

nettles8.JPGI've heard so many people speak positively of stinging nettles as a food, but for some reason that I cannot properly explain, I remained very wary of the idea - imagining they'd be very nasty and just waving away all the positive reports as wishful thinking or something.

But eventually, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to give them a try.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Garlic Mustard (Jack-By-The-Hedges)

garlicmustard2_thumb.jpgGarlic Mustard (Also known as Hedge Mustard, Sauce-All-Alone and Poor Man's Mustard) is a common plant of hedgerows, roadsides and wood edges - and the diversity of common names suggests this has historically been a widely-consumed wild food. So... what's it like?

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St George's Mushrooms

stgeorge2.jpgI went out looking for morels, but found none. My trip wasn't entirely fruitless though, as I happened across a small patch of St george's Mushrooms.

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