Oxeye daisies are often found growing in clumps along a roadside, hedgerow or field margin. The large, white, daisy-like flowers are easy to identify.
The flowers appear from July to September and appear to ‘glow’ in the evening, which is why they are sometimes called ‘moon daisy’ and ‘moonpenny’.
The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. Young spring shoots can be finely chopped and added to salads and to soups. The leaves have a unique taste and is one of the best wild edible greens. They make a great, spicy “raita” to accompany spicy food, like curries.
Simply chop up the leaves, add coconut milk and natural yoghurt in equal amounts and finish with a squeeze of lime juice. Leave for 10 minutes in the fridge to infuse before serving.
The flowers can be tossed into a salad to really brighten up a meal. Even the roots can be eaten!
If you dont have these plants in your garden, then you should! but …
… if you are going to forage, please follow the simple guidelines:
- Always be sure you are sure of the plant before you pick it and never eat any plant you are unsure of.
- Leave plenty behind for wildlife.
- Make sure you have permission to pick
- Only pick where plants are plentiful