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…

A Video about Crow Garlic

By Gavin

My first crow garlic video, please bear with me and I’m sure I’ll get better with practice. [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4NU7bZkFXQ[/embedyt] A short talk about foraging for Crow Garlic, how to recognise it, and how to bring it home and use it. Including looking for the dark-olive colour and height/stiffness of the blades (compared to grass), looking…

Crow Garlic dinner follow up

By Gavin

Crow garlic dinner Now I have a pot of Crow Garlic in the garden; It’s simple to snip some off, give it a quick rinse and chop it over this lovely chicken dinner; Which was already lovely, now it’s a bit more garlicky.