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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Foragers Diary; Derelict Allotment

It's not only the well maintained allotment which yields food, check out what I found in an overgrown abandoned allotment recently;



Cleavers; more commonly known as goose grass or sticky weed, the foliage can be eaten, although I'd recommend only taking the very youngest parts and it should be cooked first to destroy the gripping hairs/hooks on the stems an leaves. The seeds can also be used for making a coffee substitute, although collecting them is very laborious and time consuming.  

These cherries weren't actually growing in the allotment but close by, I can't believe more people weren't picking them.  
A decent haul after just ten minutes picking


At first glance derelict and unused perhaps, but look closer. 

Redshanks, a delicious wild green and one I use in a lot of cooking at home at this time of year, including the Weed Quiche that you may have seen on here before. 

Comfrey this has also been featured on the foragers diary before and makes wonderful fritters

Fat Hen, another ingredient in the Weed Quiche

Nettles need no introduction.

Elder; past it's best for flowers now but soon ready to yield some delicious berries. 

Burdock, these second year plants wont yield useful roots this year but there will always be some of the first years growth nearby which you can note for a bit later in the year if you fancy a meal of roast burdock root or burdock crisps. 

Not one of the wild foods available in this allotment, you'd need quite a few for a meal, but this comma butterfly seemed to love the comfrey. 


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