Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Bulbous buttercup

QUEOP 0271. ‘Are you interested in things like people digging up the roots of Ranunculus bulbosus and eating them like radishes?’ ‘Yes, I’ve never heard of that one. Have you done it?’ ‘No, I haven’t, but I know people who have. I imagine they’re very hot’ [Rushall, Herefordshire, November 1999].

Comment:  John Amphlett & Carleton Rea, in their Flora of Worcestershire (1909), note: ‘It would be an acrid morsel to eat, and disastrous in its effects when eaten – in all events if raw, but the acidity is entirely dispelled by boiling’.

Images: main, H. Zell, Wiki Commons; inset, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, April 2016.