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Hogweed pepper and lemon juice.
Several times in the past I’ve intended At this stage, they are easy to cut or After cooking, the shoots are
to try eating hogweed, but have pick, although rummaging down meltingly tender and have a sweetish,
arrived too late to get the tender through the middle of the older, mild taste - faintly reminiscent of
young emerging shoots - this time, I more bristly leaves can be a bit parsley. The bristles soften, but don’t
got the timing exactly right. uncomfortable. go completely away, lending an
It didn’t take me long to gather a interesting texture - soft and tender,
What Is Hogweed? dozen nice young shoots. but oddly crisp at the same time.
Heracleum sphondylium - This is a A really top-notch wild vegetable,
tough, bristly umbellifer that is very I steamed them for about  minutes, well worth eating.
frequently found in hedgerows, field then dressed them with a little butter,
edges and on river banks. It has very
large leaves that start off deep green
and felty, but gradually toughen to
something that has the look and feel
of dark olive green sandpaper.
The bit to look for is the young leaves
and stems, just as they are unfurling.
This coarseness of nature might
make it sound quite unsuitable for
the table, but in fact, it’s a really
excellent vegetable.
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