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Black Mustard

A fantastic wild edible – Black Mustard (Brassica nigra)

It packs a real punch in much the same way that wasabi does, and one of my favourite ways to utilise it is to crisp up the leaves in a frying pan with a little oil. It makes an excellent accompaniment to a seafood dish.

Medicinally, it’s pretty good for coughs and colds too.

Basking beauty

Won’t be long before these beauties are back out basking again.

Adders are frequently seen in the places I roam, and completely harmless if treated with respect and left undisturbed. Absolutely stunning creatures.

I love finding a sign like this

I love finding sign like this.

It shows years worth of wear and tear. It’s where badgers have been travelling up a bank – the moss can’t grow there, the fissures in the bark have been smoothed out and there are numerous claw marks.

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Black Mustard

A fantastic wild edible - Black Mustard (Brassica nigra) It packs a real punch in much the same way that wasabi does, and one of my favourite ways to utilise it is to crisp up the leaves in a frying pan with a little oil. It makes an excellent accompaniment to a...
Read More

Basking beauty

Won't be long before these beauties are back out basking again. Adders are frequently seen in the places I roam, and completely harmless if treated with respect and left undisturbed. Absolutely stunning...
Read More

I love finding a sign like this

I love finding sign like this. It shows years worth of wear and tear. It's where badgers have been travelling up a bank - the moss can't grow there, the fissures in the bark have been smoothed out and there are numerous claw...
Read More

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Another wild edible has just started to poke through amongst the bluebells - The Pignut: Distinguishable by its feathery leaves, care must be taken not to confuse with other members of the same family i.e. Hemlock, although if you saw the two side by side, the...
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