I indeed went to the pub last night and enjoyed sampling 2 beers. One was the tried, tested and trusted Jerusalem from the wonderful MD and Head Brewer at Brampton Brewery – Chris. The other was something a little out of the ordinary and was Portland Black from the Welbeck brewery. An excellent beer and definitely gives the Brampton Bock a run for its money !
So enough of beer, and back to the list of yesterdays finds.
Chickweed – great drifts growing well and at this time of year a treat to steam.
Garlic Mustard – Tiny leaves poking through here and there, still quite bitter at first taste but packing the mustard punch.
Ransoms – The first leaves just showing maybe 4 inches long. A real treat, too early to pick in bulk but what a sweet garlic treat to nibble in bimble.
Blackberry – told you there would be a surprise ! No fruit but the stems are starting to colour up which means we will be into bramble growing season shortly. This means two things – this is your last chance to get rid of brambles in unwanted places and to look forward to bramble tips in a few weeks.
Shepherds purse – mostly found in the dog pee zone so avoided but a good mix with chickweed when clean.
Hawthorn – just coming into bud so only a few weeks til the young leaves are bursting, another wonderful nibble in bimble.
Elder – similarly, just coming into bud so kep a sharp look out for elder buds and shoots for a really unusual pickle.
On the subject of Elder don’t forget the Jelly (Jews) ear fungus. Last week in Graves park (Sheffield) I found a felled tree which clearly was not Elder and had about 2 kilos of useable Jelly ear and a hand full of Velvet Shank growing on it. Cue an interesting evening meal !
This morning out for a swift walk and the first Cumfrey shoots are through – debatable as to edibility but a gift of a plant otherwise.
If you read this far I would be interested to know if Latin plant names would be a help or a hindrance. ?