Elder Flower

Elder: Flower Sambucas nigra: flos Key features: Deciduous bush with opposite leaves and clusters of flowers/berries. Pithy stems. The elder can grow up to 20 feet in height and often resembles a tree more than a deciduous shrub. It is a member of the viburnum family, and can be found in roadside and field hedgerows, […]

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Elder berry

Elderberry Sambucus nigra As summer comes to an end the hanging clusters of tiny elderberries change from green, to dark purple, to black when fully ripe. Each elderberry contains one to three seeds, which contain poisonous cyanogenic glycosides that can be deactivated by cooking. If you eat too many raw berries, which taste bitter-sweet, you […]

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Blackberry: Rubus fruticosus

Blackberry: Rubus fruticosus A.K.A.: Bramble If you regularly walk past blackberry bushes without picking any you are definitely missing out on one of Nature’s great bounties. Blackberries are an excellent source of Vitamins C and K and manganese, they are rich in bioflavonoids and contain both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. They have one of the […]

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Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle: Urtica dioica Most people know nettle by its sting. Nearby any clump of nettles you will usually find yellow dock growing. As children we would make a spit poultice of a dock leaf and rub it on the affected area for prompt relief. A plantain leaf works just as efficiently. Folklore advises us […]

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Sea Spaghetti

Sea Spaghetti (seaweed): Himanthalia elongata Sea spaghetti has a mild sweet taste. It cooks up in minutes, tastes great as a healthy substitute for conventional pasta or chop and add to salads, stir-fries, soups and stews, or serve in place of a green vegetable. If you like a savoury chew try eating it raw, fresh […]

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Dandelion Flower Oil

Dandelion Flower Infused Oil You will need:  A clean, dry jar, extra virgin olive oil a piece of muslin cloth to cover the top of the jar and some twine to secure the muslin over the jar. Pick enough dandelion flowers to fill a jar. Directions: Fill your jar with the dandelion flowers. Slowly pour […]

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Wild Rosehip Vinegar

Wild Rosehip Vinegar Dog-rose: Rosa canina You can harvest rosehips from late summer through early Winter. Look for the bright red, oval-shaped hips of the wild dog rose. The fresh hips are surprisingly high in Vitamin C – much of which is lost in the drying process. Try making this rosehip infused apple cider vinegar […]

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Ramsoms: Wild Garlic

Ramsoms: Wild Garlic Wild garlic, also known as ramsoms or creamh in Irish, (Allium ursinum) are the most common variety of wild garlic found in Ireland. You will find them in woodland areas, alongside streams and wet ditches in early Spring. They have similar properties to cultivated garlic, they benefit the heart and blood circulation, […]

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