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Annemieke



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 14 7:35 pm    Post subject: Ground elder - is it really edible?  Reply with quote    

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



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 14 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 14 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 14 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The Romans also sloshed garum on everything

Annemieke



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 14 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 14 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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alice



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 14 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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

VM



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 14 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
The Romans also sloshed garum on everything


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



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 14 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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.

Annemieke



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 14 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 14 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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

oldish chris



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 14 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 14 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 14 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Please post a piccie if its possible,,,

gil
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 14 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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

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