This plant above is Jack-by-the hedge but is also known as Garlic Mustard or Sauce alone ( I love some of the old names). I have eaten this before it has a mild garlic flavour and is nice in sandwiches or added to salad. The flowers can also be eaten, the leaves smell of garlic if lightly rubbed.
Wild sea beet ,sea beet or sea spinach is found all around the coast line in the UK on the upper part of the beach. It can be used like spinach but it may need slightly looker cooking .
These are St Georges Mushrooms and are named because they appear around St Georges Day. I have never heard or seen them before, has anyone else?
We were also shown the different types of seaweed we can eat. There are between 20-30 edible seaweeds in the UK. These included the green one in the picture growing from the rocks, this should be cut up and cooked as chinese crispy seaweed. The smaller red one can be used in place of gelatine.
Finally we looked at shellfish and food from the sea. We found cockles, muscles,winkles,clams,razor fish and prawns, but not enough to make a meal!. It was a real eye opener to realise how much food is available in such a small area! So next time you are down on the beach take a closer look around you.
We have found this little pocket book which we keep in our rucksack, to be very useful. It is written by Richard Mabey and lists over 100 edible plants, berries, mushrooms, seaweed and shellfish. It also gives recipes too.
I had planned to post this at the weekend but then the sun came out and I had to share the sunshine with you instead!
Welcome and hello to Karen and Vagabonde thank you so much for joining my following.