Despite The Cold Weather January’s Edible Wild Plant Harvest Is Plentiful If You Know Where The Search For The Plants Listed.

January’s Edible Wild Plant Harvest list is accurate in my part of the English West Country most years. But of course weather and local conditions affect availability.

Here’s my list …. but before eating any of these plants please read the Beware section at the end of the post.

Birch – Betula pendula

The twigs can be used to make a tea at this time of year. Later in the years the sap can be used to make wine, syrups and vinegar. But you need to wait until the sap is rising and not take too much sap or the tree will be damaged.

Betula pendula - birch - one of January's Edible Wild Plant Harvest
Betula pendula – birch – one of January’s Edible Wild Plant Harvest

The sap of the birch tree can be tapped and fermented to make drinks, vinegar or syrups. Birch sap has been popular as a springtime drink even in times of plenty.

Hairy Bittercress – Cardamine spp.

The leaves can be eaten raw out cooked.

Burdock – Arctium spp.

The root can be cooked or eaten raw.

Cleavers – Galium aparine

Eat the fresh shoots raw or cooked. But leave enough for future months

Creeping Thistle – Cirsium arvense

Apparently the root can be cooked.

Daisy – Bellis perennis

The roseate of leaves can be cooked.

Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale

Eat the leaves raw or cooked but leave enough so that it can flower early and feed the bees.

Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare

A strong flavoured leaf that is good in salads and can also be cooked

Ground Elder, Aegopodium podagraria -

Ground Elder – Aegopodium podagraria

A plant often accused of being a bullying weed. One way to control it is to eat the leaves, raw or cooked.

Hogweed – Heracleum sphondylium

The root can be cooked.

Horseradish – Armoracia rusticana

Strongly flavoured. The roots makes a wonderful relish.

Lesser Celandine– Ficaria verna

Try the leaves when cooked.

Mahonia – Mahonia aquifolium

Try the flowers raw.

Meadowsweet – Filipendula ulmaria

Dig and cook the root.

Navelwort – Umbilicus rupestris

Leaves can be eaten raw or cooked.

Nipplewort – Lapsana communis

Another plant that can be eaten as raw or cooked leaves.

Pink Purslane – Claytonia sibirica

Where found the leaves can be eaten raw or cooked.

Red Valerian – Centranthus ruber

This is one that never looks appetising to me. It is however plentiful where I live so maybe I should try the cooked leaves and/or root.

Rough Hawkbit – Leontodon hispidus

The root can be used as a coffee substitute.

Saxifrage – Chrysosplenium spp.

Cook the leaves

Sea Buckthorn – Hippophae rhamnoides

The fruit is edible both raw or cooked.

Smooth Sowthistle– Sonchus oleraceus

The leaves are edible when raw or cooked.

Three-Cornered Leek – Allium triquetrum

The leaves have powerful flavour and can be eaten raw or cooked. Some people make a there cornered leek oil

Violet – Viola spp.

I dislike the smell of violets so can’t be tempted by their one. But I understand the lewacves can be eaten raw or cooked.

White Dead Nettle – Lamium album

White dead nettle is a beautiful little plant. both the leaves and shoots can be eaten raw or cooked.
 

Wood Avens – Geum urban

Another beautiful plant when flowering. The leaves poke through early in sheltered woods and can be eaten raw or cooked.

BEWARE.  

Some wild plants are poisonous so please note that you should be absolutely certain  you have identified a plant correctly before consuming it.  Plants can also prompt allergic and other negative reactions so, before eating any quantity, ensure you are not sensitive or allergic to plants you don’t have experience of eating.  

If in doubt don’t eat them.  None of the following should be taken as advice that plants are safe to eat  Please always get professional advice before consuming or handling unknown or unusual plants. 

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