Plant-Lore

Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Whitebeam

1. Two old ladies told me that their father permitted them to eat the young leaves of whitebeam. These had an almond-like flavour. However, they were permitted to eat only seven at a time as the leaves contained traces of a deadly poison [Wormshill, Kent, May 2003].

Image: planted, Dorchester, Dorset; April 2014.