Friday, 1 January 2010
A new project - 52 weeks of wild food!
I'm going to try to write about (and illustrate) a different wild food plant/fungi/seaweed/thing each week for a year.
Week 1 - Navelwort (Umbilicus rupestris)
Also known as Pennywort. According to Roger Phillips it's commonly found growing on old walls in the Westcountry - which is exactly where I discovered it! I recognised it straight away (because I'm a geek and I have lots of wild food books).
The penny-sized leaves are succulent and juicy and make a good addition to salads. The flavour is of.. erm.. green. Quite pleasant, not exciting in a culinary sense but I was very happy to try something new :)