April food UK


Eat the young needles fresh in salads when they are tender and tangy. They provide valuable chlorophyll nutrition in early spring when there isn’t a great deal about. It is a nourishing food and also a cleanser for the urinary system, cystitis sufferers would do well to eat plenty.

Sheeps sorrel.

An excellent salad crop, usually plentiful on well drained acid grassland and sandy places. It is found throughout the UK and contains many minerals due to it’s deep roots. Pick it fresh and use it right away, as it gets bigger throughout the spring it becomes progressively more sour.


Pick the penny sized leaves for the best flavour as the large ones can be a little strong. They are at their best in March, April and May, when the flower spikes appear I usually stop eating it. The leaves can be eaten raw in salad or steamed at the last minute over rice. It is a diuretic like the Larch and Sorrel so be prepared to get up in the night.

  • Ransoms
  • Three-cornered leek
  • Dandelion flowers
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Bramble Shoots
  • Daisy leaf
  • Gorse flower
  • Primrose
  • Bistort
  • Carrageen
  • Cow Parsley
  • Fairy-ring Champignon
  • Hawthorn leaves
  • Hop Shoots
  • Morel
  • Sea Beet
  • St George’s mushroom
  • Sweet violet
  • Tansy leaves
  • Greater Plantain
  • Ribwort Plantain
  • Sea radish
  • Pennywort
  • Alexanders

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