Tendrils: Broad bean pods

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.

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?

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.

And the fork-to-fork foodies can revel in recipes for rhubarb and beetroot ketchup, strawberry and pink peppercorn ketchup, lemon balm shortbread, fresh mint sauce, and sweet and sour broad beans.

What can I do?
An issue that’s hitting the headlines more and more at the moment is the way that our plastic waste is polluting the oceans, including microfibres washing out of our clothes. It’s an important issue – microfibres are starting to appear in seafood – but I think it’s also important to wonder whether they’re ending up in our drinking water and our soils. The Plastic Pollution Coalition has a list of ways to stop microfibre pollution, and it looks as though people are working on various devices that will catch them in the washing machine. One Million Women have a list of sustainable fibres, which touches on the complex environmental issues raised by our clothing habits. There are no easy solutions to this one; we need to be more careful about what we choose to buy.

That’s it from Tendrils this week. Have a happy and plant-filled weekend!