Foraging bike ride: Common Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium).

It was another beautiful spring morning and a treat being out on the bike again today. Took it slow and enjoyed the great weather. As I pedalled along I remembered a blog post I’d read recently extolling the virtues of Common Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium). It’s apparently very common in the UK. It’s typically  found on the verge of country lanes among other places. With one eye on the road and another towards the side it was not long before that I spied some likely looking shoots.


Got home and compared what I had to a number of different sources online. Once satisfied they weren’t Hemlock or Giant Hogweed, both of which will do you a lot of harm it was time to prepare them for eating. I followed the method in the blog post I read and tucked in. Well not quite. More of a taste test really. I had to make sure I wasn’t mistaken with the identification and had inadvertently prepared my last meal! Can’t compare it to anything else I’ve eaten.  Not bad at all. Quite a distinctive taste but beyond my uneducated palate to offer any wordy description. I’ll be stopping again to gather some more, next time feeling more confident I’m not about to follow in Socrates footsteps and become my own executioner.

Quick Braised Hogweed Shoots




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