What a great sight to see the first flush of hawthorn leaves, probably the earliest leaves to show.
Pick the new leaves whilst they are still bright green – they bring a great nutty flavour to a forage salad.
Wood sorrel and ‘the other’ sorrel (Arorow Sorrel / Sheep Sorrel / Meadow Sorrel / Field Sorrel – whatever!) both have fantastic lemony flavoured leaves.
Wood sorrel is easy to identify (if you can find it this early and perhaps it is a little too sparse to be picked yet)
The other ‘field’ sorrels are more difficult to identify before their flower stalks appears, they look a bit like small docks.
Wonderful added to those early salads, or try a small bunch torn (better than chopped) into strips stirred into an omelette or used to stuff salmon of trout.
What a fab date to choose!
March 21st, just before Mother’s Day and Transition Chesterfield’s first Wild Food Walk. Steph and I took what felt like a huge group around Holmebrook Valley Park teaching 1st level foraging.
Of course we did a rekky during last week, so were able to show off first glimpses of Wood Sorrel among others. We managed about 10 edibles and everyone was really interested and enthusiastic. The highlight was all the kids loved tasting the gorse buds!
Those who could came back to mine afterwards for a mixed spring salad and fab nettle soup (Steph gathered the nettles). To see what Transition Chesterfield is up to now go to http://www.transitionchesterfield.org.uk/content/events