Edible 'weeds'

Is there an illustrated guide anywhere that defines not only which weeds, grasses and other wild plants can be eaten but, also, how to gather and prepare them? 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,471
    Richard Mabey’s Food for Free is the acknowledged ‘bible’ for foragers. 
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  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 3,561
    One of the River Cottage handbooks is called Hedgerow. It's much less comprehensive than Richard Mabey's book but funnier
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  • Wondering if I could eat the tonnes of ground elder I have spent weeks hoeing up...perhaps with a sycamore sapling coulis...
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,471
    edited 26 April
    Ground elder is very edible. Introduced to Britain by the Romans as a vegetable. Great steamed chopped and added to creamy mashed potatoes like Champ. http://www.wildplantforager.com/blog/edible-weed-ground-elder
    Delicious 😋 
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  • Argh!!!
    Flippin' Romans (and I'm half Italian!)  ;)
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 3,561
    It tastes very like parsley

    You can eat stinging nettles too (in soup or quiche). And hairy bittercress (tastes like cress - eat in egg sandwiches), silverweed (tastes like jerusalem artichokes but much more fiddly to eat) and dandelion (if you really want to) too. And fat hen, chickweed, orache and goosefoot.
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  • SkandiSkandi Northern DenmarkPosts: 610
    I have a very nice book, getting a bit old now I actually bought my copy from Amazon when it was a rare book site it took them 6 months to find and deliver it for me!
    I'm sure it can be found in other places but that is the book.
    Please do not eat sycamore seeds/saplings they can be deadly. as it contains Hypoglycin A which has killed several horses and is also toxic to people.

    Ground elder is not for me I find the taste way too strong. but chickweed is very mild and a perfectly acceptable salad vegetable, even goosegrass/clevers are edible, although probably better used as a rennte substitute than actual food.


  • ladyblue50ladyblue50 Posts: 3
    Thanks very much for that. I'll look for the book.
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