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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!

 
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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)
Foods
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.

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

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3 Thursday, 23 May 2013 08:39
Fraser
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!
Dave.

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UK Wild Food - Jan

Listed here are Wild Foods that should be available in parts of the UK in January.

Dandelion
Nettle
Daisy leaf

Gorse flower
Greater Plantain
Ribwort Plantain
Buck's Horn Plantain (coastal)
Scurvy Grass
Hogweed
Chickweed
Sea beet
Sea Radish
Pennywort (particularly good at the moment)
hawkbit
Watercress
Alexanders (very good at the moment)
Chirvil (be very careful , as Hemlock Water-Dropwort is starting to sprout now and looks very similar, but is deadly poisonous!)
Cleavers
Sea Purslane
Rock Samphire (still usable, but a bit over now, coastal)
Yarrow
Rose Hips
Common Sorrel
Ivy-Leaved Toadflax
Wood sorrel
Three-cornered leek
seaweeds

*These are just some of the wild edibles you will find in the UK this month.

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