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Foraging Friday - Rosebay Willowherb

Posted 25/5/2018

Rosebay Willowherb aka Fireweed is worth meeting, even if just to admire the impressive flowers!

Towards the end of Summer the gelatinous pith from inside the thick stems can be removed and is high in carbohydrate. It’s most useful for thickening soups and stews, though can be eaten raw with a texture and flavour likened to a peppery cucumber.

Choose plants that are large enough to begin flowering but that have not yet dried and gone to seed, cut low to the ground where the stem is thickest – split along its length to reveal the edible inner core.

Discover how to identify Willowherb and its lookalikes and how else to make use of the valuable edible resource... Go to full article>


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