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Annemieke

Ground elder - is it really edible?

Having at last found some young fresh ground elder, I could finally try out one of my ground elder recipes.
Disgusting. Is it me? My stomach is not what it used to be. Hash anyone with a younger, stronger digestion tried it, and come to a different conclusion?
I steamed them: first for just a minute, as instructed; then a while longer. Yuk both times.
oldish chris

In theory, apparently so. Sure I read somewhere that the Romans introduced it to Britain 'cos they liked eating it.

Seems that "edible" and "palatable" aren't synonyms.
Annemieke

Actually, I found this before. Most nettle recipes I like though.
NorthernMonkeyGirl

The Romans also sloshed garum on everything Laughing
Annemieke

(Looks up 'garum on her duck-duck-go = google replacement): yuk!
sean

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alice

IME, the best dressing for ground elder is eight inches of concrete.
VM

The Romans also sloshed garum on everything Laughing


Yes, quite!

But a friend in Manchester used to cook ground elder and said she liked it. Can't remember what she did with it and have never eaten it myself.

Nettles on the other hand are ace.
Mistress Rose

The smell is rather off putting, but I did try some raw and it wasn't too bad. Wondering if developing a taste for mixed nettle and ground elder soup might be the way forward for parts of my garden. Very Happy
Annemieke

The butterflies etc like it, even if you don't!
dpack

edible and yummy are not always found at the same time

im not keen on ground elder which is edible

burning hemlock root smells yummy and is not edible twice

one cant always trust ones senses as to what is food

rakfisk or durian for instance puke_l
oldish chris

I was expecting someone to point out that the Roman equivalent of Popeye the sailor used to eat an amphora full before going into battle! (Oculi Pop Nautae et Olivum Oleum)
bubble

very good chance ............its not ....ground elder you may be using .If I am can get hold of .........young light coloured elder leaves I eat them raw sometimes cooked they are appettising delicious and very nourishing .......check it out...!!!!My cooking is eaten and enjoyed by Michelin one star chef..
bubble

Please post a piccie if its possible,,,
gil

Better the younger it is - leaves still light green and glossy, and cooked - sauteed - not rAw (IMHO).
Jamanda

I've noticed the alexanders are up and ready - maybe you'd like them better.
Mistress Rose

Strangely I haven't seen them round here although I did see a lot at Corfe Castle when we were visiting.
Annemieke

Ever since I eradicated them from my asparagus bed twenty years ago - I thought, at the time, they were asparagus! Innocence! - I have not been able to find them anywhere locally. When I saw the recipes last year, I looked for them everywhere. At last I spotted a few, but by then they were old.
I carefully made a note of the place and have been waiting impatiently for them to come up again this year. So they were as young as they can be without being invisible.
I used to really go for wild food, but my stomach is not what it was, so these days it is nice leeks and kale, preferably before it sprouts. Got plenty of both, thanks to my loving husband. So I don't think I'll go and hunt for alexanders either. I have the feeling it's not growing around here anyway.
xxA
arvo

edible and yummy are not always found at the same time

im not keen on ground elder which is edible

burning hemlock root smells yummy and is not edible twice

one cant always trust ones senses as to what is food

rakfisk or durian for instance puke_l


Laughing

Been brave enough to try nettles and mushrooms (as verified by Jamanda)
About the extent of my foraging. Oh, and wild garlic.
VM

This thread has reminded me to go out and pick some nettles.

They make an ok soup - probably would like other greens as much or more for soup, but there is the excitement of them being free and available early.

I really really like using them to make green pasta - same as you would making pasta with spinach. The weird thing about nettles is they go a much brighter green, rather than duller, when cooked, so the pasta dough comes out brilliant green, like play dough. Sadly it goes a bit dull again when you cook the pasta, but still...
Mistress Rose

It used to be said that nettles were very useful at the end of the winter for peoples health. Whether that was because there was limited fresh food during winter and the vitamin C was needed, or if they have other health giving properties I don't know. Nice idea with the pasta VM. Annemieke

Never underestimate a nettle! The health benefits of nettle are described here: www.healthbenefitstimes.com/health-benefits-of-stinging-nettles/. They contain the following vitamins and minerals: vits A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C and E; calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, manganese, zinc, copper and selenium. See http://nettleteahq.com/2012/what-is-in-nettle-tea-a-list-of-vitamins-and-minerals/.
The only reason people don't eat them more, is because it's so easy to buy tasteless veg in the supermarket. And of course, they are best in early spring. Just when the veg is particularly tasteless .....
We have grown too tidy (out with the weeds!), and we don't know all these old truths anymore.
NorthernMonkeyGirl

I made a cracking nettle soup, but haven't found a good patch in my new stomping ground yet. Mistress Rose

Could you post the recipe for us NMG please?

Annemieke, nettles are a pain (in every sense) but we have them in our garden. We are not very neat, but try to have wild flowers as well as other things. Sometimes have to do something with the more invasive ones if we get round to it. I will try to make some nettle soup as it sounds as if we need it after a long hard winter wading through mud.

We have quite large patches in the woods where we think there used to be pheasant feeding stations. They grow well where there is plenty of phosphates, so in the past they would have grown on middens, near the privy and in graveyards.
NorthernMonkeyGirl

https://carrotandrabbit.wordpress.com/2011/03/27/nettles-and-geese/

It's less a recipe and more "So I had all this stuff hanging around..."
dpack

im not keen on nettle but the top two sets of leaves are ok as a potherb,they go well with hawthorn buds/young leaves and lots of butter. Mistress Rose

Thanks NMG. Will look at that. Nick

im not keen on nettle but the top two sets of leaves are ok as a potherb,they go well with hawthorn buds/young leaves and lots of butter.

Aye, I don't find them particularly tasty. Shame, as we have acres of the damn things.
Jamanda

Saag made with half nettle, half ransoms is very good. tahir

Saag made with half nettle, half ransoms is very good.

It's catching Laughing
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