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Bladder campion as food

Posted on by royvickery |

In the Mediterranean region bladder campion (Silene vulgaris) is widely valued as a food [1]. Typically:
‘The following recipe was given to me in March 1994, with enthusiasm and relish, by a young hotelier at Platres, in the Trodos Mountains, Cyprus:
Take the tender tops (c. 4 inches) of young 2014-09-24 16.38.19shoots of bladder campion, fry lightly for 1-2 minutes in a little oil, throw in some beaten
eggs – add a pinch of salt, serve with a slice of lemon.
He told us that bladder campion is cultivated locally for eating, and that                                                                                                        young  shoots of opium poppy                                                                                  [Papaver somniferum]                                                                                                    are similarly used’ [2].

Does anyone have any records of bladder campion being eaten in the British Isles?

1. See for example: G. Laghetti & P. Perrino, Utilization of Silene vulgaris (Moench) Garcke in Italy, Economic Botany 48: 337-9, 1994.
2. Pulborough, West Sussex, February 1995.

Images: upper, cultivated, Tooting, London Borough of Wandsworth, April 2015; lower, wild plant, Saunderton, Buckinghamshire; September 2014.

Updated 3 April 2015.

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