Thanks to Hazel for introducing this one to me last year. I've long been familiar with this plant (though mainly from holidays in Cornwall - I wonder if it grows mainly in the West?) but didn't know that it was edible.
This has been around for several weeks, if not all winter. I saw some encased in icicles a few weeks ago. In summer it puts out spectacular spiralling turrets for its flowers (I don't remember whether the flowers were interesting or not). Although this is available in the heart of winter, it's essentially a salad leaf, being crisp and somewhat lettuce-like in flavour (you may disagree with that description), and I don't tend to eat salad in the middle of winter. However, I did have some in a sandwich the other day, and very nice it was too.
Also harvesting this week:
Bay leaves for chicken stock and tomato/bacon sauce and bolognese
Ground elder to go with leftover pasta and in chicken stock
Oregano; Bittercress; Lemon thyme: bolognese
Leeks to go with chicken risotto
Also drinking this week:
Foraged food challenge summary page here.
About this blog
- Wales, United Kingdom
- In autumn 2010, my husband Ian and I both quit our jobs, sold our house and left the flatlands of the east for the mountains of Wales. Our goal is to create a more self-sufficient lifestyle in a place we actually like living. Whilst Ian will continue to earn some money as a freelancer, my part of the project is to reduce how much we spend by growing and making as much of what we need as possible. The purpose of this blog is to keep friends updated with how the grand project is progressing, but all are welcome here. If you're not a friend already, well perhaps you might become one.