Category: Plants

Cows Parsley / Spring / Summer / Edible Common namesCows Parsley/ Wild Chervil Botanical NameAnthriscus Sylvestris  Known HazardsMisidentification with poison hemlock, suspected to be harmful to some mammals. Could be confused withFools parsley, poison hemlock, hemlock water dropwort Range and DistributionFound in most of Europe, including Britain, south and east…

Three Cornered Leek/ Spring / Summer/ Edible Common NamesThree cornered leek/ Snowbell Botanical NameAllium triquetrum Known HazardsHas known to be toxic to some animals including dogs Could be confused withBluebells, other wild Alliums such as few flowered leek Range and DistributionFairly common throughout the UK and Europe.  HabitatWoodland garden in…

Bluebells / Spring / Poisonous Common namesBluebell Botanical NameHyacinthoides Nonscripta Known HazardsThe whole plant is toxic Could be confused withThree cornered leek, Snow drops when young shoots are emerging Range and DistributionFairly common throughout UK and Western Europe.  HabitatWoodland garden in dappled shade, shady edges of woods  and  hedgerows.  Physical…

  Poison Hemlock / Spring / Summer / Deadly Common namesPoison Hemlock, Hemlock, Poison Parsley BOTANICAL NAMEConium Maculatum KNOWN HAZARDSThe whole plant is deadly toxic COULD BE CONFUSED WITHCow parsley, Fools Parsley  RANGE AND DISTRIBUTIONFairly common throughout UK and Europe, also North Africa and Iran  HABITATWaste ground, damp places, hedgerows…

English Oak Tree / Edible / Spring / Summer / Autumn  Scientific Name: Quercus roburFamily: Fagaceae.Also known as: English oak, pedunculate oak. Habitat:English oak is a very common tree, especially in Southern England. Description: A large deciduous tree, growing up to 30-40 metres when fully grown, with distinctive round-loped leaves. Identifying…

Sweet Chestnut / Edible / Autumn   Scientific Name: Castanea sativaFamily:  Fagaceae Also known as: Spanish chestnut or just chestnut Habitat:Sweet chestnut is native to southern Europe, western Asia and North Africa. It is thought to have been introduced to the British Isles by the Romans and today can be found commonly throughout…

 Sea Leek / Edible / Summer / Autumn Scientific NameAllium ampeloprasum FamilyAmaryllidaceae Also known asWild Leek, Sea Leeks HabitatIt is thought to have been introduced to Britain, and is fairly uncommon so should only be picked if a large patch is found. It likes sandy or stony seaside locations, often…

Broadleaf Plantain / Edible / All Year   Scientific NamePlantago major FamilyPlantaginaceae Also known asWhite man’s footprint  HabitatFound in Europe, including Britain, from Iceland south and east to Spain, northern and central Asia. Grassland, roadsides etc, a common weed of lawns and cultivated ground, on neutral and basic soils. it…

Spruce Cured Salmon Click here for details on correctly identifying spruce I used to think curing fish was something almost mystical, I believed it would take an age to learn, would be incredibly difficult to get right and at the end of it all I would probably give myself some…

Elderflower Syrup Recipe This recipe is a brilliant way to use up a serious glut of elderflowers whilst preserving the flavour in a concentrated form for use throughout the entire year. This is probably the most common thing I make with elderflowers because you can use it really easy way…

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