how to prepare hogweed?

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how to prepare hogweed?

Post: #229882 zolou
Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:17 pm

Can anyone advise the best way to prepare hogweed? As far as my memory goes, Robin Harford, on his foraging walk, suggested picking with gloves and boiling it up twice, throwing the water away each time, before eating. I had some today, going for the young, partially unfurled shoots as recommended, and although very delicious it did feel like a bit of an irritant, both to the hands (when gloveless) and to the throat (when cooked - maybe I didn't cook it for long enough).

Slightly ashamed to say this at this stage, but I'm also not entirely clear how to distinguish the edible common hogweed from the poisonous giant hogweed, so would be glad for any tips on that too.

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Re: how to prepare hogweed?

Post: #229896 Dave
Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:47 am

The seeds are very good as a spice but there are plenty of other edible leaves around this time of year to not bother with this plant. It has a strong irritant in the stem which burns the skin when exposed to sunlight. If I were you I would go on another foraging walk and find some alternatives to hogweed - lime leaves spring to mind for a salad and for a cooked leaf/salad - Jack by the hedge. Or why not chickweed, plantain, dandelion, fat-hen, nettle!?
I'll be doing a walk in Northampton in July or August not far from Warwick in the meantime have a look through food for free by Richard Mabley.

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Re: how to prepare hogweed?

Post: #229936 zolou
Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:43 am

Dave,

Do you have details of your Northampton walk?

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Re: how to prepare hogweed?

Post: #230075 Dave
Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:45 pm

I'm afraid I'm trying to fit things around a very hectic schedule at the moment, I can't give you any more details than July or August. It will be either a day (10-4) with some lunch for £50 or half day without lunch (1-5) for £35, it will be in July or August and will very probably be in Bradlaugh fields.
Watch this space- I soon as I get a clear afternoon I'll sit down and work out just what I'm doing this summer.

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Re: how to prepare hogweed?

Post: #230167 hedgewizard
Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:35 pm

Take young shoots before the leaf has uncurled, and wash them in cold water before cooking them in a heavy pan with a good knob of butter, salt and freshly ground pepper. Don't dry the stems first. Once they're tender put them in a serving dish with a bit of butter on top, and drizzle them with lemon juice. Yum!
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Re: how to prepare hogweed?

Post: #230172 hedgewizard
Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:47 pm

Dammit, pressed the button too early! Giant hogweed is a much rougher looking plant with a grooved stem than the relatively tender hogweed Image
Giant hogweed
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Regular hogweed

Can't really stress enough though, there's no substitute for walking out with someone who can show you, like Dave! And as he says, there's better stuff out there this time of year.
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Re: how to prepare hogweed?

Post: #230575 zolou
Tue May 03, 2011 11:58 am

Thanks folks, I will try a bit younger next time. Nice to have something other than leaves. Look forward to hearing about the Northamptonshire walk :)

Was weeding my veg patch yesterday (not easy for a forager) and ate some very tasty thistle roots - tasted like jerusalem artichokes, very tender.

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Re: how to prepare hogweed?

Post: #241628 Dave
Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:09 pm

Hello Zolou, I've posted courses up on the website, including one in Northampton, it all here http://www.selfsufficientish.com/main/2 ... -bookshop/


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