Monday, 4 April 2011

Alexanders - Smyrnium olusatrum

While on my trip out this morning to collect materials, i also stopped to collect some Alexanders, these are a tasty treat, very much like Celery, but with a bit of bite, you can eat these raw, but they have quite a strong flavour that some people don't like, myself included, they are much better cooked though as this removes much of the harshness you can experience with Alexanders, just boil up the stems with a little bit of salt and enjoy like asparagus.

Alexanders were originally introduced to the UK by the Romans and typically only grow in coastal areas and up to about three miles inland, all parts of the plant are edible the stems as mentioned above can be cooked up and are very much like asparagus, the leaves are rich in Vitamin C and are good in salads, the root is mildly diuretic and tastes of parsnip, the juice by the way is a good cleaning agent for cuts, in the UK you can collect leaves and stems for personal use, if you want to collect the root however, you will need the landowners permission.

As with all wild plants, please make sure you identify the plant 100%, if you are unsure please get some proper training from someone who knows what they are talking about.

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