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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
Just wanted to share this info. with everybody who is interested. Hawthorn leaves are edible and are at their best just now. Just pick them off a branch, rinse and use as salad leaves. The family have been eating them for the past week nearly in salad with no ill efects and are thoroughly enjoying them.

I got this and lots of other info in a book called See Weed and eat it.
Any questions just ask.
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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#1
were can ya find these leaves sorry to sound stupid
#2
what is Hawthorn leaves? and where does one get it?
#3
great idea and the berries are yummy too later in the year :-)

Here's a leaf so people can identify it:

http://donwiss.com/pictures/F-2001-07-08/0036.jpg
#4
We've got them in the garden but a lot of hedgrows along farmland and in the country are hawthorn (well they are in scotland) The leaves are quite small and come out first followed by the blossom later this month and then the berries. By summer the leaves might be too tough to eat but I will try them anyway.
#5
Think i'll give them a miss tbh, what with all the roadside pollution and all that. Long gone are the days you could brew a nice clean pot of nettle tea.....
#6
Shengis
Think i'll give them a miss tbh, what with all the roadside pollution and all that. Long gone are the days you could brew a nice clean pot of nettle tea.....


You don't have to stray that far to get into some clean woodland :thumbsup:
#7
Must admit I wish I knew more about what sort of wild stuff you can eat. I'm just a bit scared I will end up poisoning myself
#8
SunTzu
You don't have to stray that far to get into some clean woodland :thumbsup:


You do around here thanks to the diesel sh*te from all the lorries. Everything seems diseased these days.

One thing about these leaves, make sure you check the underside before eating ;-)
#9
I wouldn't pick them from a busy road side but as SunTzu says you don't need to go far to get some clean woodland/countryside.

I didn't know that you could eat the berries though. Would you eat them raw or cook them?
#10
Leila70
Must admit I wish I knew more about what sort of wild stuff you can eat. I'm just a bit scared I will end up poisoning myself


You should try and get hold of this book - See Weed and Eat it. It is great and it is amazing all the things that you would think were weeds etc. that could be eaten and used. I would be very wary of mushrooms and fungi though and don't think I would take a chance there though.
#11
http://www.herbalextractsplus.com/images/herbs/elderberry-bsp.jpg

A nasty plant (harbours thunderbugs) but.... Cheap booze :lol:

http://www.natural-good-health.info/elderberries.htm
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lesleyann40
You should try and get hold of this book - See Weed and Eat it. It is great and it is amazing all the things that you would think were weeds etc. that could be eaten and used. I would be very wary of mushrooms and fungi though and don't think I would take a chance there though.


Thanks I will try and get my hands on a copy
#13
Shengis
http://www.herbalextractsplus.com/images/herbs/elderberry-bsp.jpg

A nasty plant (harbours thunderbugs) but.... Cheap booze :lol:

http://www.natural-good-health.info/elderberries.htm


cheap booze - ha ha. Brought back a memory of a few years ago when I decided to make ginger beer with my children. Made several mistakes - the first being putting it in screw top bottles, the second letting my son drink some and the third making it in the first place. Got the recipe from the internet, bottled it up and stored in the shed. Forgot about it for a wee while untill there was an almightly explosion which sounded like a 3 car pile up. The bottles had started exploding. Managed to rescue some and tasted it. Tasted good but not suitable for children!!:w00t:
#14
So your saying its quite legal to see weed and eat it :w00t: as opposed to see weed and smoke it:whistling:
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lesleyann40
Managed to rescue some and tasted it. Tasted good but not suitable for children!!:w00t:


The best one is Tea wine. Instead of throwing away your used tea/tea bags, chuck them in a glass container (we used to use glass sweet jars) with a load of sultanas, sugar and some yeast (and a sliced lemon or 2). That stuff will blow your head off once it's matured :w00t:

Edit: A recipe ;-) : http://users.aber.ac.uk/auj/kitchen/tea.shtml
#16
jtx
So your saying its quite legal to see weed and eat it :w00t: as opposed to see weed and smoke it:whistling:


Sorry - should read "Seeweed and eat it "not "See weed and eat it"

Amazing the difference a space can make :)
#17
Shengis
The best one is Tea wine. Instead of throwing away your used tea/tea bags, chuck them in a glass container (we used to use glass sweet jars) with a load of sultanas, sugar and some yeast (and a sliced lemon or 2). That stuff will blow your head off once it's matured :w00t:

Edit: A recipe ;-) : http://users.aber.ac.uk/auj/kitchen/tea.shtml


Thanks - might give it a try and have a tea party!!
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lesleyann40
You should try and get hold of this book - See Weed and Eat it. It is great and it is amazing all the things that you would think were weeds etc. that could be eaten and used. I would be very wary of mushrooms and fungi though and don't think I would take a chance there though.

my mum grew up in the country years and years and years ago and as a child made me go picking all sorts, crab apples, blackberrys, im sure we even used to pick elderflower for some sort of drink she made. If mushrooms sprout up on her lawn she still goes out and picks them!!
I also remeber sucking on the middle sweet bit in Nasturtiums (also completely edible, leaves, shoots, petals, the lot!)
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http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii78/chesso_photos/hawthorns-1.jpg
1 Like #20
I'm glad you mentioned it is also called May, " never cast a clout until the May is out."........old saying about leaving off your vest!! My garden has loads of Hawthorn/May hedges, vicious things the are too. The book I had was called "food for Free" , similar things in it, I guess.
1 Like #21
if you can harvet some sloe berries I think they come out in the autum ....the make excellent Gin :)
#22
ahhh the good life....
1 Like #23
lesleyann40
I wouldn't pick them from a busy road side but as SunTzu says you don't need to go far to get some clean woodland/countryside.

I didn't know that you could eat the berries though. Would you eat them raw or cook them?


Best to make a syrup with them really like Rosehips. Also use them to make Gin using the standard Sloe Gin recipe or they make great wine. They're fantastic for the heart and blood.

I can recommend this book to people interested in foraging for food, it's great, really clear to follow.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Food-Free-Collins-Richard-Mabey/dp/0007183038/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1210540913&sr=1-4

When food prices are shooting through the roof it's great to go out and pick your own for free and the kids love it too!
#24
SunTzu
Best to make a syrup with them really like Rosehips. Also use them to make Gin using the standard Sloe Gin recipe or they make great wine. They're fantastic for the heart and blood.

I can recommend this book to people interested in foraging for food, it's great, really clear to follow.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Food-Free-Collins-Richard-Mabey/dp/0007183038/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1210540913&sr=1-4

When food prices are shooting through the roof it's great to go out and pick your own for free and the kids love it too!


Thanks for your input. It's great to share ideas and knowledge.:) I'm away out to pick tonights salad off the tree now.
#25
wendyak
I'm glad you mentioned it is also called May, " never cast a clout until the May is out."........old saying about leaving off your vest!! My garden has loads of Hawthorn/May hedges, vicious things the are too. The book I had was called "food for Free" , similar things in it, I guess.


I didn't know it was called May. I thought that that saying meant the month of May. You learn something new every day. Thanks:)
#26
Just a quick bump on this for a serious point. Take a look at the following two pictures and see if you think you could tell them apart....

http://www.horsedata.co.uk/images/Plants/hemlock.jpghttp://www.penspot.co.uk/piccies/May2007/Cowparsley2072-lo.jpg

Two thing for you to search for on Wiki.
1. Hemlock.
2. Cow Parsley

DON'T EAT WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW.

Just saying this as I noticed the hedgerows were rather white yesterday......
#27
Shengis
Just a quick bump on this for a serious point. Take a look at the following two pictures and see if you think you could tell them apart....

http://www.horsedata.co.uk/images/Plants/hemlock.jpghttp://www.penspot.co.uk/piccies/May2007/Cowparsley2072-lo.jpg

Two thing for you to search for on Wiki.
1. Hemlock.
:2. Cow Parsley

DON'T EAT WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW.

Just saying this as I noticed the hedgerows were rather white yesterday......

:thumbsup: Excellent point and one that I was trying to emphasise with my I.D. to hawthorn.

All those white umbels are so similar and include the dreadful giant hogweed.
http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/organicweeds/weed_information/weed.php?id=109
#28
chesso
:thumbsup: Excellent point and one that I was trying to emphasise with my I.D. to hawthorn.

All those white umbels are so similar and include the dreadful giant hogweed.
http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/organicweeds/weed_information/weed.php?id=109


Another one for my whitelist :lol: When we were out I saw all this white and remembering the stuff from when I was a kid I starting thinking, is it edible? There's a lot of free food if it is.

Father in law said it was cow parsley, i'm not so sure though. I think he likes me........:thinking: :lol:
#29
Shengis
Another one for my whitelist :lol: When we were out I saw all this white and remembering the stuff from when I was a kid I starting thinking, is it edible? There's a lot of free food if it is.

Father in law said it was cow parsley, i'm not so sure though. I think he likes me........:thinking: :lol:


Depends ... did you make a point of asking for his daughter's hand in marriage?
Otherwise it could be the 'special salad' for you!!

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