Gorse in January - Wild Food

Tuesday, 19 January 2010 21:42

Ashley Cawley of NaturalBushcraft introduces us to Gorse Flowers in January. Gorse flowers aren't just limited to January however, they flower all year round!

Comments (5)
5 Thursday, 03 March 2016 13:06
Jackie Darby (not logged in)
Wow never knew how useful gorse was I actually live in the mountains in southern France where Gorse grows abundantly so will look into using it. Plus a lot of the other things I discovered on your web site. Well done.
4 Sunday, 16 June 2013 16:46
Rob Taylor (not logged in)
Gorse flowers are edible and can be used in salads, tea and to make a non-grape-based fruit wine.
As fodder, gorse is high in protein and may be used as feed for livestock, particularly in winter when other greenstuff is not available. Traditionally it was used as fodder for cattle, being made palatable either by "bruising" (crushing) with hand-held mallets, or grinding to a moss-like consistency with hand- or water-driven mills, or being finely chopped and mixed with straw chaff. Gorse is also eaten as forage by some livestock, such as feral ponies, which may eat little else in winter. Ponies may also eat the thinner stems of burnt gorse.

Gorse bushes are highly flammable, and in many areas bundles of gorse were used to fire traditional bread ovens.

3 Thursday, 23 May 2013 08:39
I saw Hugh F-W make a wine/beer kind of thing with Gorse flowers on River Cottage. It supposedly has a mild coconutty kind of flavour. I plan to try it this year.
2 Friday, 20 January 2012 10:40
Ashley Cawley
I don't know of it's nutritional makeup no sorry Dave, maybe someone else could answer? Probably a good question for the Wild Food section in our forum.
1 Wednesday, 06 April 2011 21:42
Dave Mc Kergan
Brilliant! My home town is covered in Gorse and I never even knew it was one of our most abundant wild foods! Do you happen to know of its calorific / nutritional makeup?
Thanks for a great video, keep 'em coming!
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