Collecting the folklore and uses of plants


1.  Wild garlic pesto, on sale from stall in Salisbury Market, Wiltshire, 27 May 2017.

2.  I know a horseman locally who fed the leaves of Allium ursinum to his ponies to expel parasitic worms; whether it actually got rid of them or just gave the ponies a boost generally that masked the worm burden I can’t tell you [Tebay, Cumbria, January 2017].

3. 19 April 2014:   on sale at the Balham Farmers’ Market, south London:  ‘Wild garlic £1.50’ [a bunch].

4. According to my mother, Mrs Anne Wilks (b. 1918), of Whitstable, Kent, the little new buds [of ramsons] are delicious to eat [Upminster, Essex, April 2011].

5. My father always swore by wild garlic [to treat nettle stings] – although it obviously has rather fragrant side effects. That was in north Wales in the last 10 to 15 years [London, May 2011].

6. Notes compiled by a close farming friend of mine [of Mardu, Clun] … ramsons: leaves soaked in milk for bad tummy [Newcastle-on-Clun, Shropshire, November 2004].

Image:  Wordsworth Daffodil Garden, Grasmere, Cumbria; May 2015.