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Robin Harford's Cleavers and Aubergine Bake
Wed 4-Apr-12
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Toffeeapple
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See linky.  You could also sign up to his foraging newsletter.

I'll try that again!

Wed 4-Apr-12
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eeek

Spooky.....I've just this minute made something very similar for our dinner tonight......only I've used minced beef instead of the 'cleavers' (umm what??) and called it moussaka! coolwinkbig_laugh

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Wed 4-Apr-12
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Clivers, Goosegrass, StickywillyStickyjackStickyweedStickyleaf  

take your pick of any of these names for it, there is a fair amount in my garden but hadn't known that it was edible.  Pictured below.  Unless it moves when posting...

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I'll try that again!

Wed 4-Apr-12
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Hmm, is that the stuff that sticks to your hands and clothes when you're trying desperately to rip it up when it's been marauding through your garden, and you still find a stray big piece of it hanging off your elbow or the back of your jumper when you go indoors? yellbig_laugh

As for being edible.....well, maybe if you're the kind of person who eats nettles......!! (sorry Nadine embarassedwinkbig_laughbig_hug).

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Wed 4-Apr-12
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Yup, that's the bugger!  Get your revenge - eat it up with aubergines...devil

I'll try that again!

Wed 4-Apr-12
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Oh, and Sally, our (late and sadly missed) lovely longhaired tortoiseshell cat, used to come in from the garden with bits of it sticking to her fur roll_eyes

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wave My grandparents used to call it Sticky Willy.......eeek  whistle......runaway

My cat Button comes in with those wretched little seed balls stuck in her long hair & she hates me removing them. 

I had never heard that it could be eaten; I wonder what it taste like.

 

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Wed 4-Apr-12
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I'm sure I have some in the front patch, if I see it I'll try it out.  If you notice, in my second post I listed some of the colloquial names including the one you mentioned.

I've always known it as Goosegrass.

I'll try that again!

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I was unaware that Cow Parsley is also edible...

I'll try that again!

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Goose grass to me too and have lots in my garden! Not so sure about eating it though!

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It is sticky willy in this area as well. It used to stick to our last dog Homer, who had a very long coat- if he ever went rushing in to the undergrowth to chase something, you could guarantee something would be sticking to him when he emerged, often if was sharp brambly stuff, but also sticky willy seeds when it was in season.

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Never heard of it called that, cleavers it is to me, pleased to hear you can eat it, bloody annoying stuff!

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wave Sticky billies!  big_laugh  Don't fancy eating it though.  eeek

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Cleavers is one of those really early Spring greens that can go into a 'Spring Tonic' alongside nettle shoots.

Always struck me as probably being a bit of a furry tonic,which has rather put me off trying it out, but a very aged friend of mine used to swear by it.

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Toffeeapple said:

I was unaware that Cow Parsley is also edible...

 

I love the two bodies huffing and puffing beside the cow parsley entry  big_laugh   big_laugh   big_laugh

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