Goosegrass - A Complete Guide

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Also known as Cleavers, I must admit to being staggered when I discovered this was an edible plant. For years I had considered it an annoying weed that stuck to your clothing and was unpleasant to touch.


The hooks, which attach themselves to everyone and everything, disappear upon cooking. I have heard of it cooked whole as for spinach, whilst I have tried the blanched leaves and found them unremarkable to say the least.

Very common across the British Isles, and, I hope elsewhere-if we have to have it then so should you! Look for it in woodland and hedgerows with white flowers from May until June.

Content and picture Miles Collins