The modest bramble is both loved and hated for its thorns and powers of entanglement, as well as its delicious fruit. As the case with our other native trees, it is deeply embedded in our tradition and folklore. The pastime of blackberry picking (blackberrying) goes back thousands of years and is still popular today. Bramble has also widely been used in traditional medicine. Its leaves are used in the preparation of herbal teas and the root bark and leaves are used medicinally due to its healing and detoxifying properties. .
Vicia sativa, common vetch. A member of the pea family, Fabaceae, which forms the third largest plant family in the world with over thirteen thousand species. They throw out tendrils like bigger cultivated peas, so they can climb. You will often see this climbing and creeping in and out of brambles and bushes. The leaves are edible raw in small quantities, or cooked for larger quantities. Only the top 8-10cm of new leaves should be harvested, the older leaves, further down the stem are higher in toxins. The small purple pea like flowers are pretty on a salad, so will pick some soon when there are more out. Being a member of the pea family, the flowers turn into pea pods. So late summer time, you can harvest the tiny mange tout like pea pods. But before they can be consumed safely in large quantities they have to go through some sort of process, whether thats drying and soaking them in a couple changes of water, blanching then pickling them, or boiling them for a minute or so in 2/3 changes of water. You can munch on one or two of the peas raw for a little taster, to try them. But if you want a good amount, they need to be processed in some way. #wildfood#wildfoodlove#forage#foraging#foraged#eatwild#eattheweeds#wildedibles#fabaceae#foragingforfood#nature#naturephotography#green#foliage#wildfoodharvest#wildfooduk#wildfoodlove
There's quite a lot of winter flowers around right now. This is a variety of Speedwell, possibly Germander Speedwell. The speedwells produce tiny little flowers and they can be hard to focus on with cameras but if you get it right you can get some pretty good pics. It's found all over the place in the UK.
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There's lots of edible common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) starting to grow this time of year. It's considered an amazing vegetable by lots of people including me, to me it tastes like carrots and dill with its own flavours mixed in. BEFORE YOU TOUCH THIS PLANT make sure you know what giant hogweed looks like because it can cause severe burns when you touch the plant / get the sap on your skin, I find them very easy to tell apart though, giant hogweed has very spiky maple shaped leaves but common hogweed has a triple pointed leaf at the top with many more leaflets going down the stem. You must do your own research on identification though don't just use this post! It took me a couple of months until I tried this plant because I was worried about giant hogweed but once I seen some videos and online posts about it I felt safe picking it. I find it all the time on field edges especially near water and also by the sides of paths. It can be found on roadsides or anywhere where the seeds end up landing really, it seems to really like growing under trees too. This plant is completely different to its lookalikes once you take notice to details , so study any plant carefully that you're worried about identifying wrong until you feel safe enough to pick it and never eat it unless you are 0% concerned and 100% confident. Happy foraging !! :-) #heracleum#heracleumsphondylium#commonhogweed#hogweed#gardening#garden#plants#plant#allotment#allotments#foraging#foragingEngland#foraginguk#foragefood#fungi#fungus#fungal#mushroom#shroom#shrooms#wildfood#wildfooduk#wild#nature # #vegan#vegandiet#vegans#vegansofig#vegansofinstagram#winter
All of these flowers can be found right now! (in the UK) the wildflower season is here so go and discover as many new plants as possible, as the year goes on more species will start to grow and there will be a lot more to see but we are having a pretty colourful end to winter.
YOUNG GROUND ELDER (Aegopodium podagraria) - Edible plant in the carrot family Apiaceae. Warnings: this looks similar to young giant hogweed which can burn you from touching it so before you touch a plant like this make sure the stem is green and hairless and you'll be safe. Bare in mind this is a young shoot so this looks slightly different to the mature plant, the top leaf will split and become three sharp points at the top, the lower leaves have one sharp point each facing to the left and the right. When you crush this plant and smell it, it releases a carrot aroma and you could compare it to dill, carrots, parsley or even common hogweed. It's a member of the carrot family like all the plants I just mentioned so they probably contain similar compounds. This plant was brought to the UK by the Romans because they used it a lot for food, the plant then spread throughout the whole country and its found almost world wide now. Medicinally ground elder can treat rheumatism, arthritis, disorders of the bladder and intestines, it can be a poultice for wounds, burns, stings, aching muscles and painful joints. This plant usually starts to grow in March but this year and last year all of the plants are popping up at random times, I found violets early and I found hogweed flowering in December, Ive seen quite a few early wildflowers too. I found this growing next to a river in a field, I hope you get to try this amazing food