Edible Wild Plants

33 April Wild Foods of Galloway

This section is intended to give a snap-shot of Galloway’s, and much of the UK’s, edible wild plant species that will help you to focus on the most interesting or rewarding species. For more in-depth information, check out the Seasonal Notes section or refer to a guide book. Each plant is scored on 3 counts (click on pictures to enlarge or on names  for full description, ratings, harvesting tips and recipe ideas)

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EDIBILITY – Roots, shoots, leaves, flowers or seeds. Only eat a wild plant if you are 100% CERTAIN of its identity.

  1. Survival food (possibly requiring special preparation).
  2. Decent eating.
  3. Tasty.
  4. Delicious.
  5. A true gourmet delicacy.

IDENTIFICATION

  1. Extremely difficult, requiring expert knowledge of multiple features/easy to mistake for dangerous species.
  2. Difficult to be confident – experience required.
  3. More straightforward, but confusion with other species still possible.
  4. Quite distinctive and hard to mistake.
  5. Obvious and distinct identifying features and no dangerous lookalikes.

DISTRIBUTION and CONSERVATION (in Galloway – but usually applicable further afield)

  1. Hard to find, very rare or should not be picked for conservation reasons.
  2. Scarce with possible conservation issue.
  3. Patchy distribution – may be abundant in some locations.
  4. Relatively widespread.
  5. Very common and widely distributed

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CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE or CLICK ON NAMES TO VIEW DESCRIPTION, RATINGS etc

 

Sea Buckthorn Sea Buckthorn

 

 

 

 

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Wood avens, herb bennet, cloveroot

Wood avens

aka herb bennet or cloveroot

 

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common chickweedChickweed

 

 

 

 

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Bush vetch

 

 

 

 

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sea campioncliff4Sea campion

 

 

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sea aster flower

Sea Aster

 

 

 

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marsh samphire

Marsh Samphire

 

 

 

 

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Rock samphire close upRock Samphire

 

 

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orache(babs)+rocket

Orache

 

 

 

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scurvy grass rosette oct

 

Common scurvy grass

 

 

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pink purslane leaf+flower

 Pink purslane

 

 

 

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 Greater cuckoo flower (cardamine raphanifolia)

 

 

 

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Sea arrowgrass

 

 

 

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Sea Radish

 

 

 

 

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Sea Kale

 

 

 

 

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Sea beet

 

 

 

 

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Wood Sorrel

 

 

 

 

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Watercress

 

 

 

 

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Hairy Bittercress

 

 

 

 

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Reedmace (Bulrush)

 

 

 

 

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Lesser celandine

 

 

 

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Elder

 

 

 

 

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Wild Chervil/Cow Parsley

 

 

 

 

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Wild Garlic/Ramsons

 

 

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Meadowsweet

 

 

 

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Ground elder

 

 

 

 

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Japanese Knotweed

 

 

 

 

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 Common hogweed

 

 

 

 

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Garlic mustard

Hedge garlic

Jack-by-the-Hedge

 

 

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Sweet cicely

 

 

 

 

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The species below have not yet been reviewed…

Stagshorn plantain

 

 

 

 

 

Ribwort Plantain

 

 

 

 

 

Horse Tail

 

 

 

 

 

Hawthorn

 

 

 

 

 

Dandelion

 

 

 

 

 

Cleavers/Goosegrass

 

 

 

 

 

Pignut

 

 

 

 

 

Lady’s Mantle

 

 

 

 

 

Fat Hen

 

 

 

 

 

Cowslip

 

 

 

 

 

Broom

 

 

 

 

 

Bistort

 

 

 

 

 

Juniper

 

 

 

 

 

Comfrey

 

 

 

 

 

Silverweed

 

 

 

 

 

Scots Lovage

 

 

 

 

 

Primrose

 

 

 

 

 

Nettle

 

 

 

 

 

Gorse

 

 

 

 

 

Sea purslane

 

 

 

 

 

Spignel/Badmonne

 

 

 

 

 

Sea holly

 

 

 

 

 

Wild carrot

 

 

 

 

 

Fools watercress

 

 

 

 

 

Common valarian

 

 

 

 

 

Thyme

 

 

 

 

 

Yarrow

 

 

 

 

 

Sea rocket

 

 

 

2 Responses to “Edible Wild Plants”

  1. Just a wee note to say nice website. You must certainly like Japanese Knotweed mate. In your edible plants section its so good you mention it twice!

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