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We Love … Pineapple Weed

Pineappleweed is an introduced species that has become a widespread ‘weed’ of disturbed ground, such as pavements and roadsides and gardens. Pineapple weed is an amazing plant which thrives in poor soils, such as roads, driveways, and other dry or sandy soil locations. It is one of the few plants […]

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We Love – Lime

The young, heart-shaped leaves of lime (linden) are edible. They have a succulent almost sweet flavour which, believe it or not, is enhanced once the leaf is covered in honey dew from aphids! Lime, or Linden, trees , were once very common across Britain. Today, they are considered a remnant […]

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We Love … Mallow

Although it’s unlikely to be flowering yet, the leaves and stems of mallow are edible and perfect for picking now. The common mallow is part of the large family of Malvaceae plants that include cotton, okra and hibiscus. It is a large, spreading plant with beautiful deep pink flowers that […]

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We Love … Alexanders

As we move towards spring, Alexanders can be found in hedgerows, by the sea and along woodland edges. Like many plants that we now think of as weeds, Alexanders was once popular in kitchen gardens. It is often found growing in ancient monastic ruins where it was once cultivated as […]

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We Love … Sage

Sage is an evergreen and the leaves can be picked at any time of year. The young leaves are tastier in summer but sage is a good all year round salad herb.You can pick whole young shoots or individual leaves. Sage is native to the Mediterranean so can’t readily be […]

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We Love … Chestnuts

Most years in the UK it is not warm enough for long enough to enable sweet chestnuts to ripen so they are sweet enough to eat. If you are lucky enough to live in a warm, sunny spot (not Scotland probably!), then look out for the hedgehog-like cases which, when […]

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We Love … Acorns

Acorns contain chemicals called tannins which have a bitter taste and can be toxic to humans. But by leaching acorns to remove the tannins, they can be made safe to eat. Method Leaching acorns is a simple process; Remove the acorn from the shell. Soak the shelled acorns in hot […]

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We Love … Meadowsweet

Meadowsweet grows in wet woodland, grassland, moorland and heathland; in damp areas where water levels rise and fall. Meadowsweet is a herbaceous shrub, an upright perennial plant which grows to a height of around a metre. The plants bloom between June and September, in small, creamy-yellow/white clusters or flower heads. […]

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