Also known as 'Jack by the hedge' (Garlic Mustard (Brassicaceae)) in North
Devon. We use it regularly...
Many, many field mushrooms about at present - collected 5 lbs of then
yesterday and shared with neighbours - delicious!
Use your leave to tramp the fields and have a scrumptious meal - we used the
in an omelette this morning for brekky.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Vince Russett" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2013 4:11 PM
Subject: [BRITARCH] Prehistoric spices
>I don't usually post when on leave, but this one caught my eye.
> The fact people used garlic mustard seeds (Alliaria petiolata) to flavour
> food seems to come as a shock to some.
> (from Explorator)
> Jack by the hedge (as it's known in Somerset) was gathered as a wild food
> in the spring in the 1950s (my gran taught me to identify it), and good it
> is, too. It does wilt a bit quickly, but wrapping it in a damp cloth
> The seeds are slightly peppery, and in a time when English people were
> frightened of spices, I loved them, especially with pork (or oddly, cooked
> tomatoes). I feel privileged to have been brought up in a time when people
> hadn't quite forgotten their hedgecraft.