Looking so pretty with its button flowers, the smell is very distinct, be sure not to confuse its identity with the horrid Ragwort.  Its great as a ‘cut flower’ on the kitchen windowsill, its spicy aromatic scent deterring flies from entering.  Described by Roger Phillips as ‘strong, pungent and quite disgusting’ he nevertheless goes on to inlcude a couple of recipes – other wild food authors love it Challenge your taste buds see what you think!

Tansy Omelette

6 eggs

salt and pepper

1/2 tablespoon chopped tansy leaves

1 tablespoon chopped parsley


Break the eggs into a bowl, add salt and pepper and the finely chopped herbs.  Heat the butter in an omelette pan  and cook as usual.

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