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Foraging Advice #825712
18th Sep 2013 5:25pm
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Does anyone have any foraging / wild flower knowledge they would be willing to share?
I'm into foraging and making herbal remedies at the moment and would like to make some Elderberry and Ginger Cold And Flu Tonic from James Wong's book (as everyone on the train was coughing and sneezing around me yesterday).
I can identify the most common stuff like elderberries etc but one of the ingredients is meadowsweet flowers. I've googled the images but am not totally confident of identifying the correct plant. The meadowsweet flower kind of looks like hemlock flowers and I really don't want to make that mistake!
If anyone can help, I'd be happy to trade knowledge for jam or some of the tonic.

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I bought 'Food for Free' by Richard Mabey 2yrs ago and swear by it. It opened my eyes to things I normally walk past that can be eaten. It's very small so fits easily in a pocket. I also bought the Mushroom one by Patrick Harding to go with it as that's definitely one you don't want to get wrong!



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about 20 years ago i got Hugh Fearnley Whittingstalls book a Cook on the wild side which has lots of good advice plus recipes.

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Originally Posted by Wench
I bought 'Food for Free' by Richard Mabey 2yrs ago and swear by it. It opened my eyes to things I normally walk past that can be eaten. It's very small so fits easily in a pocket. I also bought the Mushroom one by Patrick Harding to go with it as that's definitely one you don't want to get wrong!


I may just get this book, cheers for the recommendation :}

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Lots of dried meadowsweet available out there.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=buy+dried+meadowsweet&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&gws_rd=cr&ei=07c6UubHJ6ej0QXT0IFI

However, I think meadow flowers are over for this year for foraging.

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Moonstar is right, you'd be very lucky to find any meadowsweet still flowering, they usually flower through the summer and are over by early September.

But for future reference, the flowers of meadowsweet and hemlock are really very different. Meadowsweet flowers in a fluffy cloud, with irregular flowerheads containing hundreds of tiny flowers. It also smells very sweet.
[Linked Image]

Hemlock flower heads are much more regular, forming "umbels" (like umbrellas) where individual flowers grow in clusters at the end of stalks which all radiate out from a single point at the end of the stem.
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Looking at the images available on the web, a lot of the hemlock flowers are pictured from above, so the difference is less obvious.

The leaves are also very different. Meadowsweet has serrated leaves growing in pairs up the stalk, with three or five leaves being fused together to make the terminal leaf and the end of the stalk.[Linked Image]

Hemlock leaves are very deeply cut, lacy and fern-like.[Linked Image]

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Thanks for all your advice. I've just ordered the Mabey book second hand on Amazon. I think I'll leave out the Meadowsweet flowers and just make the tonic without it and look out for the flowers next year.

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I think there's something related to aspirin in meadowsweet. Always check out the active constituents of any plant you use, in case there might be a problem with allergies, reactions to existing medications etc.

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Hi Uffda me and my other half are always on the look out for local foregers in the area, we don't have much experience or skill but are learning as we go along, and we go for walks regularly so feel free to drop us a message when you're free.


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