Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Ground Elder

Ground Elder (Aegopodium podagraria) is another invasive weed. But this one i have seen enveloping the floor of a forest.

Ground Elder can be used as a substitute to spinach as it is a leaf vegetable. But be warned. If you pick and eat it after the flowers have come out, then it can cause a laxative effect and it tastes nasty. The Romans are thought to have brought it over to this country and not only used it to eat but it was also thought to be a cure for gout and arthritis.
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