Hello! Tendrils wilted in the heat yesterday, but I have revived it in a bucket of water over night and I think it will stay fresh enough to provide you with some wonderful weekend reading 😉 If you’re heading to Cornwall this summer, foragers are being being offered a rare chance to enter St Michael’s Mount’s northern woods – but you will need to buy a ticket, you can’t just show up. While you’re down that way, a trip to the Eden Project could make your holiday out of this world.
The Woodland Trust had a helpful article on what to forage in June that should be good for a little while longer, and one on the difference between nuts and seeds that has a much longer shelf life. And while we’re on the subject of foraging, here’s a lovely recipe for candied angelica that will also be of use to gardeners, and one for sassafras leaf infused vodka that will be of use to people on the other side of the Pond. And did you know that a floating forest is the only legal place for foraging in New York city?
A recent discovery for me, flowers of bay laurel (Laurus nobilis), same strong aromatic flavour as leaves though offset by floral sweetness pic.twitter.com/txpiCrKji6
— Jason Irving (@ForageWildFood) July 5, 2017
The Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog discovered a roundabout way of learning about caroselli, which are an Italian speciality that look like cucumbers, but are really varieties of melon that are eaten unripe. The UC Food Observer has a spotlight on sorghum, whilst The Hindu discusses the the revival of scented rice varieties.
If it’s plant history you’re after, then Splendid Table can explain why South Carolina put corn on trial for murder at the beginning of the 20th century, while Spitalfields Life have the rather more royal history of London’s mulberries. The Biodiversity Library sheds light on why there used to be a pot of basil in every household.
That’s it from Tendrils this week. Have a happy and plant-filled weekend!
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