Weeds?

When is a weed not a weed?  When its edible?  When its really pretty?

Well on my allotment I have a weed that is both – Coltsfoot – its a pernicious weed and it gets everywhere, but its leafless flowers are so pretty that it seems such a shame to eridicate it completely.

Roger Phillips in his Wild Food book advocates using the flowers to make wine, but I think you may need a meadow-full to pick the required 5 pints of flowers!

However, wait until the leaves come through and make some Coltsfoot cream, but chopping and sauteing a couple of handfuls of young leaves, then cover with water and cook until soft.  Strain off the water and push the leaves through a course sieve, and beat with a tblsp toasted sesame seeds.

If you wonder what it would taste like – cast your mind back to kids sweets from the 70’s – did you ever have Coltsfoot rock – strangely chalky and a bit aniseed-y  http://www.aquarterof.co.uk/coltsfoot-rock-p-271.html

 

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