Not a banana – plantain herb

By Gavin

plantain leaves, stalks and flower heads can be eaten raw – and this is where the surprising taste comes through. At first, it’s a bit of a plain “green” taste, but give it a good chew, get your juices flowing and get it to the back of your mouth and… Mushrooms.

Himalayan Balsam – Invasive Pest or Tasty Food?

By Gavin

  I was out for a walk around the Lee Valley last night, particularly looking out for Elderberries and Yarrow for some home-brewing projects I have planned. I found what I needed, but I could help also noticing the huge amounts of pink flowering Himalayan Balsam along the river’s edge just about everywhere. Whilst it…

Lime or Linden Tree Flowers – Tilia x europea

By Gavin

As something I’ve been aware of for some time, and looking out for Linden tree (Lime) flowers in the local area; I was pleased to find a big, old Linden tree not far from where I live. And it was positively overloaded with flowers. Just for clarification, with these trees the name “Lime tree” and…

Edible Desk Pretties (Edible Wild Flowers)

By Gavin

I came across some edible wild flowers on a walk, and they reminded me of my wife, so I brought a few home for her to brighten up her desk. Pretty flowers for my gorgeous wife, Samantha. So hopefully they’ll provide some inspiration whilst she works; and if she gets peckish, she can have a…

Hedgerow Beauties – Edible Spring Flowers

By Gavin

Given the time of year, we all know that the countryside is full of green and flowers, I was out looking for edibles when I came across these edible hedgerow beauties, so I thought I’d share these spring flowers with you. Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra) spring flowers First up is the Wych Elm. This tree,…