After the success of our Edible Plant Identification walk on Sunday 1st June, we thought we would share with you some of the highlights of what we found and some tips for recipes.
Remember that it’s crucial with any foraging that you are 100% confident that the plant you are picking is safe for consumption. Do not pick any plant you are unsure about.
So our Edible Plant of the Day today is…Meadowsweet
Meadowsweet is just coming into abundant bloom all over the remaining non-mown section of Walthamstow Marshes. This priceless medicinal plant, the original source for aspirin and a good remedy for headaches when taken as tea, can also be added to homemade wines, beers, vinegars, jams and custards. It received its name from being used to flavour to meade.
Meadowsweet vinegar is easy to make and makes a pleasing gift to save for Christmas time. To make meadowsweet vinegar, simply steep the flowers and leaves of the plant in vinegar for a couple of days; put in a dark place, removing occasionally to shake. If insufficiently strong for your liking after two days, remove the original plant material, and repeat the process using fresh supplies of meadowsweet and the vinegar that the first batch was steeped in.