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Archive for category: Botanicals

Fern or Foe

Fiddlehead fern are seemingly all the rage in farmers markets, especially in the United States.

looking thirstily at the tree line - Drink Sap

Drink tree sap!

My lightbulb moment that there were bigger trees to tap and drink than my loyal birches came moments too late for me to taste the sap of my new loves this year.

sea plantain Plantago maritima (sea Arrowgrass)

Sea Arrowgrass

It turns out this was sea arrowgrass, Triglochin maritima, which is not in any of the foraging guidebooks.

Spring in Islay Community Garden

Winter Into Spring time

It’s clear to see that we’re at the junction of the seasons just now in Islay. Dropping in at the community gardens confirms that the Spring has come early

Roushanna Gray

Sour Fig

De-fruit the sour figs and set this aside. I then made a burnt muscovado sugar Rosso Vermouth.

gin and tonic with applemint garnish - varieties of mint

Varieties of mint

If the public were taught more about just how many varieties of mint there are then they would soon be demanding for more variety

Creeping thistle flower used in the botanist gin

Creeping Thistle and Sweet Chilli

The thistles I had been eating were creeping thistles and what I found the most rewarding was the thistle nut that sits in the centre of the flowering head.

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