Chamomile

Foods for free. Anything you want to post about wild foods or foraging, hunting and fishing. Please note, this section includes pictures of hunting.

Sorry to say that Selfsufficientish or anyone who posts on here is liable to make a mistake when it comes to identification so we can't be liable for getting it wrong.
User avatar
Brewtrog
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 234
Joined: Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:17 pm
Location: Warrington

Chamomile

Post: #279568 Brewtrog
Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:34 pm

I'm growing Roman chamomile at the moment, but have also seen a lot of (what I think is) German chamomile on my walk to work. My question is what parts of the plant are edible and if any parts should be avoided.

User avatar
MKG
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 5010
Joined: Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:15 pm
Location: North Notts.

Re: Chamomile

Post: #279579 MKG
Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:14 am

I didn't realise there was more than one of 'em. As you can make chamomile wine, I assume that normal chamomile is, generally speaking non-toxic. I also think that it's the German chamomile which is the one which can be found commonly growing wild.

I found an info sheet ...

http://www.thorne.com/altmedrev/.fulltext/13/1/58.pdf

... which implies that the flowers, at least, are perfectly safe - and there are no warnings about the toxicity of other parts of the planr except in ridiculously large doses.

Mike
The secret of life is to aim below the head (With thanks to MMM)

User avatar
Brewtrog
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 234
Joined: Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:17 pm
Location: Warrington

Re: Chamomile

Post: #279582 Brewtrog
Fri Jun 20, 2014 2:40 pm

The reason I'm growing chamomile is for the wine. The vast majority of our garden is brewable (except the toms)
That's what I've been thinking from my research, but I'm still a bit reluctant to try eating some of the leaf to find out.

User avatar
RunnerBean
Tom Good
Tom Good
Posts: 68
Joined: Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:20 pm
Location: Cambridgeshire, UK

Re: Chamomile

Post: #279586 RunnerBean
Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:56 pm

I have German chamomile in my herb patch, it seeds around everywhere. You can use the flowers for making tea.

User avatar
Brewtrog
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 234
Joined: Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:17 pm
Location: Warrington

Re: Chamomile

Post: #279587 Brewtrog
Sat Jun 21, 2014 9:34 am

I knew the flowers were good for tea on both chamomiles. It's just that if other parts are usable the it increases the harvest.

User avatar
Brewtrog
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 234
Joined: Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:17 pm
Location: Warrington

Re: Chamomile

Post: #279591 Brewtrog
Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:46 pm

I finally took the plunge with this and tasted a bit of leaf from the roman chamomile in the garden. Turns out that, even if not toxic, it isn't edible. When I put it in my mouth it had an overpowering taste of perfume (as if I'd squirted a bottle of perfume in my mouth), upon chewing it became very bitter (and not in a nice way like hops). Will possibly try with some german chamomile when I get a chance.


Return to “Wild Foods and Foraging”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests