Eating weeds?

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Tompeters

Eating weeds?

Prices for veg are going to be high this Spring, I suspect, with the weather disruption to farms. Round here, many farms are totally waterlogged. One farmer half a mile from me has hired an excavator to lay drainage pipe only to find that there is nowhere for the water to go...so it backs-up the pipes and the soil is still waterlogged. That's going to cause shortages of quality product and higher prices. We can all read the gardening information for regular crops, but what about eating some of those 'weeds' we normally eat? Nettles are supposed to be good food, but are there any other good foods we normally put on the bonfire? How should we prepare them?

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Wendy

Weeds for food

Dandelions are edible as are nasturtiums. I only know them for being used in salads but I have a feeling I read that dandelion leaves can be cooked like spinach. Here you can find wild asparagus and mushrooms and although I wouldn't burn the asparagus on the bonfire I would burn the mushrooms as there is a saying that you should never eat wild mushrooms that have been given to you. I don't have enough knowledge of funghi and it's far too dangerous if you don't know mushrooms to go hunting for them.

Wendy

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Tompeters

Eating weeds?

Thanks, Wendy. Do I remember you're in France? In France all pharmacies are required by law to identify any fungi you bring in and advise. Try that in Boots! :) 'Yer whaaa?'

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Wendy

Weeds for food

I live in Italy but the same rule applies here. If you are not sure you take the funghi to a pharmacist and they'll identify it. I'll stick to the cultivated ones though!

Wendy

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Tompeters

Funghi

Wendy, have you tried good funghi in oil and herbs?

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Wendy

Funghi recipe

I'm not that fond of mushrooms and tend to have them in casseroles. I have had them grilled and then put in oil. Not too bad.

Wendy

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Gerry

nasturtiums

Pickle the seeds and use as capers.

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Thistledo

Eating weeds?

They're only 'weeds' if they're somewhere where we don't want them.
Plenty of wild garlic out there in the countryside.
I think dock leaves are good, I hear. (Don't quote me on that one.)
There are plenty of books on the this subject, including fungi.
Wendy, when you're in the mood and time on your hands, could you send me a black truffle, please? It's a must have before I fall off my perch!

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Wendy

Truffles

Ahh! would I be that lucky to find a black truffle - No. My 3 dogs are useless at hunting anything except the little lizards and mice, besides which the locals would never tell me where to find truffles. As we have wild boar around here I wouldn't like to bump into one of those whilst searching for truffles! Rest assured if I ever find one I will be annoucing here and will send you one in a heavily armoured truck! :)

Wendy

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Tompeters

Weeds (Truffles)

I've had black truffle ice cream in Paris, at the Georges V. Very nice. Dare I say I prefer Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia -- no longer available - ?

I've been told that there is an eastern oligarch who has been buying up all of Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia to corner the market. Apparently he's hired all the freezer space from what was the Common Agricultural Policy intervention department to store gadzillions of tonnes of Cherry Garcia.

I'm not clear why they are doing this. I can't see the advantage to them.

All I want is a few spoons of it....but apparently it's all hedged and being investigated by the European Central Bank, no less :0

Anyway, I defy anyone to find a source of Cherry Garcia. I think it's market manipulation or the mafioso. What do you think? ;)

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Welshcookie

Cherry Ice cream

Actually it is of supreme indifference to me.

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JAMES

Eating weeds?


" Actually it is of supreme indifference to me. "

Ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thistledo

Eating weeds

OK Wendy, I'll go with the boar then. I've had that and loved it.

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Wendy

Thistledo, wild boar

Sorry, you're a couple of months too late! Hunting season is over until November. I like it as a ragu with pasta or in a stew. Very tasty!

Wendy

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Tompeters

Eating weeds? (wild boar)

The few times I've had 'wild boar' it's been tough and not very interesting. It has also been farmed. So it's not-so-wild boar (go figure)?! Apparently in the UK 'wild boar' is a breed rather than a description of the husbandry. First time I tried them was in the 1970s and frankly I would have rather had Walls' !!

The Spanish Cerdo Ib&"233;rico is something else, though, black pigs of a specific breed, finished on acorns...yummy scrummy and cooked rare/medium never well done. If THAT'S what you mean by boar, then I am on the same page.

 
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