Hogweed Seed & Carrot Cake Recipe

As the winter sun gently kisses the earth, and the cool winter breeze fills our lungs, there’s no better time to embrace your inner forager and embark on a culinary adventure like no other with our Hogweed Seed & Carrot Cake Recipe.

Foraging, the art of gathering wild edible plants and fruits, opens up a world of flavors and textures that can elevate your dishes to new heights. Not only does foraging connect us with nature, but it also offers a range of health benefits.

So, grab your basket and let’s dive into the enchanting world of foraging with our Hogweed Seed & Carrot Cake Recipe!

Precautions and Safety Tips for Foraging for Hogweed Seeds

Before we delve into the world of hogweed seeds, it’s essential to address some precautions and safety tips to ensure a safe foraging experience. While foraging can be an exciting adventure, it’s important to exercise caution. Always remember to correctly identify the plants you’re foraging for and be aware of any potential look-alike plants that might be toxic. Invest in a field guide or join a local foraging group to learn from experienced foragers. Additionally, avoid foraging in polluted areas or places where pesticides may have been used. Lastly, be respectful of the environment by only taking what you need and leaving the rest for other foragers and wildlife. 

How to Identify and Harvest Common Hogweed & Its Seeds

Now, let’s turn our attention to the star of our foraging expedition – the hogweed seeds. Common Hogweed, is a plant that grows abundantly in meadows, along riverbanks, and in sunny woodland areas. Its seeds, which resemble small flat rugby balls, are packed with an abundance of flavor and culinary potential. They taste in the ballpark of cardamom, with a slight orange zestyness to them also.

Before setting out on your hogweed seed foraging expedition, it’s crucial to know how to identify the plant and its seeds accurately. Common hogweed has large, umbrella-like white flower clusters and can grow up to six feet tall. The stems are hollow and covered in fine hairs, and the leaves are deeply lobed. When it comes to harvesting the seeds, it’s best to wait until late summer or early autumn when they are fully matured and drying. Gently shake the seeds into a container, ensuring not to disturb the surrounding plants or environment. Always remember to leave some seeds behind for the plant to reproduce and thrive. We have a full identification guide for common hogweed right here. 

The main thing to be wary of is something called giant hogweed, Giant Hogweed is a lot larger than common hogweed, the leaves are a lot sharper and you can typically see the remnants of last year’s growth from the huge canes (6-10ft) that will be leftover. You can find out full guide for giant hogweed here.

Common Hogweed (Heracleum Sphondylium) Identification

Mouthwatering Hogweed Seed & Carrot Cake Recipe:

If you’re looking for a showstopper dessert that will impress your friends and family, look no further than this mouthwatering carrot cake recipe with a dash of hogweed seeds. The combination of the earthy sweetness of carrots and the zesty notes of hogweed seeds creates a flavor explosion that will leave everyone wanting more

hogweed seed & carrot cake recipe

Ingredients for our Hogweed Seed & Carrot Cake Recipe:

  • 175g brown sugar
  • 175ml sunflower oil
  • 3 large eggs, 
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 110g raisins
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground common hogweed seeds (or the seeds from inside 2 pods of cardamom ground)
  • 180g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

For the icing

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 150g butter
  • A drop of vanilla essence

Method for making Hogweed Seed & Carrot Cake Recipe:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and pop cupcake cases in a cupcake tin, or grease a 9-inch round cake pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, oil & brown sugar and mix together.
  • Next add in the carrots, raising, cinnamon & c.hogweed seeds & mix together.
  • Now add the self raising flour & bicarbonate of soda through a sieve.
  • Mix it all really well until you have a batter.
  • Split this between your 12 cupcake cases & bake for about 15 minutes until the centre is no longer runny (pop a skewer in the middle to check)
  • Once baked remove & leave out to cool for at least 20 minutes before icing.

Whilst that’s Cooking let’s make the icing:

  • Chuck the butter in a bowl and stir until it’s softening nicely
  • Add half the icing sugar, making sure to sieve it in to remove any lumps & stir until incorporated nicely.
  • Add a splash of vanilla essence and the rest of the icing sugar, through a sieve again and mix well – leave it in the fridge.

Now scoop the icing on top to your heart’s content, use a piping bag if you’re getting all pro or just dollop it on like I do & of course it’s best enjoyed with a cup of tea.

Tips for Incorporating Hogweed Seeds into Other Dishes

Often I hear the question “Can you eat Hogweed Seeds?” and we absolutely can!

Now that you’ve experienced the wonder of hogweed seeds in a carrot cake, it’s time to explore their endless possibilities in other dishes. Here are a few tips to help you incorporate hogweed seeds into your culinary creations:

  • Spice up your marinades: Add a teaspoon or two of hogweed seeds to your marinades for meats, tofu, or vegetables. The citrusy notes will infuse the flavors beautifully.
  • Upgrade your roasted veggies: Toss your favorite vegetables with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of hogweed seeds before roasting. The seeds will add a burst of flavor and crunch to your dish.
  • Create a unique spice blend: Combine hogweed seeds with other spices like cumin, coriander, and paprika to create your own signature spice blend. Use it to season roasted potatoes, grilled meats, or even popcorn!

Happy foraging and bon appétit!

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