GORSE SYRUP & THE BOOK “WILD FOOD”

Recently I have had a book out from the library called “Wild Food” written by Biddy White Lennon, and Evan Doyle, a brilliant little book (256pages) and I have found it very interesting and useful. It features many recipes of wild foods, and great recipes on preserving wild berries and other fruits. I received copyright (for one month) to copy one of its more intriguing recipes, which I am certainly going to try out soon.
The plant Gorse (Ulex Europaeus,Linn) which grows abundantly here in West Cork, has a lovely scent and bright yellow coloured flowers, and it is shown to have more uses than one. In the above mentioned book it has a recipe for Gorse syrup made of the flowers. But the plant is also known for it’s bright yellow dye also made from the flowers, I personally have also heard of it’s use in soap making and for making tea.

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The Gorse flower

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8 thoughts on “GORSE SYRUP & THE BOOK “WILD FOOD”

  1. I’m always so amazed at the things that can be made from the flowers around us. I believe if I’d been born in another time, there’s a good possibility I might’ve been the village medicine man, or the village idiot. One of the other. 🙂

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  2. Haha David, and I might well have been the white witch that cured the villagers – dangerous occupations! 🙂 But no, nature has it all, it’s brilliant 🙂

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