This Three-Cornered Leek & wilted Hogweed Stem with peas is a super fresh spring recipe, we’re keeping it simple with just two wild ingredients here, this recipe works really well as a side dish to loads of different meals you’re creating.
Or use it as the star of the show by frying a salmon fillet & popping it on top 🙂
Ingredients for Three-Cornered Leek & wilted Hogweed Stem with peas recipe:
- 300g frozen peas
- 50g butter
- 10 hogweed stems
- 6 stems three corner leek, finely diced
- a handful three cornered leek flowers for garnish
- Salt & pepper
- In a pan melt the butter & pop in the hogweed stems, cook on a high temperature for 3-5 minutes until browning a little
- Add the peas to the pan and cook until warm, another 3-5 minutes
- Turn off the heat and toss throug the diced three-cornered leek stems & season well
- Plate or bowl up and garnish with the edible flowers
Physical Characteristics for Three-Cornered Leek
A lovely winter and spring plant that is a fantastic pre cursor for the more well known wild garlic. It can be used in recipes calling for leeks or chives.
Bulb & Leaf
A small bulb growing into long thin waxy leaves which have a triangular shaped vein running down the centre.
It has bell like flowers, each flower with 6 white petals that have a green stripe down the middle.
When crushed this plant has a pleasant oniony smell and a wonderful mild onion flavour.
Physical Characteristics of Common Hogweed
Hogweed is a herbaceous perennial or biennial plant that can grow from 50-120cms in height. The main stem rises from a large reddish rhizomatous root, it is striated or ribbed, hollow, and has bristly hairs all over.
The leaves can reach a length of 55cms in length, they are very pinnate, hairy, and serrated, they are divided into 3-5 lobed sections, the edges are typically round, unlike giant hogweed which are always extremely pointed.
Hogweed has white to pinkish flowers, displayed in large umbels (umbrella looking) up to 25cms, each containing 15-30 individual flowers, these individual flowers contain 5 petals.
The seeds are winged and flattened contained in pods with rounded edges, up to 1cm long.