Wild sorrel leaves have a fresh tang that will quickly flavour soup or sauces. Add them late to the cooking or use the youngest and most tender leaves in salads.

Wild sorrel leaves have a fresh tang that will quickly flavour soup or sauces. Add them late to the cooking or use the youngest and most tender leaves in salads.

The top 10cm of nettles before they flower are at their most delicious and least stringy. Harvested regularly from the same patch, the plants produce side shoots that can be used from April until the autumn. Best as soup, they can also be served as greens, or even raw in a pesto with surprising flavour.

The top 10cm of nettles before they flower are at their most delicious and least stringy. Harvested regularly from the same patch, the plants produce side shoots that can be used from April until the autumn. Best as soup, they can also be served as greens, or even raw in a pesto with surprising flavour.

Ground elder, bane of gardeners, has an aniseed taste. The tiniest leaves, before they are unfurled, make a delicious addition to salad, and...

Ground elder, bane of gardeners, has an aniseed taste. The tiniest leaves, before they are unfurled, make a delicious addition to salad, and...

Wild Garlic:   It's easily harvestable throughout the year and is versatile and delicious. It tastes much like regular garlic but has a milder flavour than cultivated cloves. Use the leaves to spice up a winter salad or stir-fry, or use it to add flavour to soups and stews. The flowers appear in spring and can be used in much the same way, adding a flash of colour at the same time. Bulbs can be harvested year-round, but this is best done when the plant is dormant between July and December.

Wild Garlic: It's easily harvestable throughout the year and is versatile and delicious. It tastes much like regular garlic but has a milder flavour than cultivated cloves. Use the leaves to spice up a winter salad or stir-fry, or use it to add flavour to soups and stews. The flowers appear in spring and can be used in much the same way, adding a flash of colour at the same time. Bulbs can be harvested year-round, but this is best done when the plant is dormant between July and December.

Razor clams, or spoots as they are known in Scotland, are at their best in spring

Razor clams, or spoots as they are known in Scotland, are at their best in spring

Hawthorn Crataegus "Small-scale plants"?  That was not my recollection but more than willing to reconsider based on this description.  U of Md lists at 5 ft tall

Hawthorn Crataegus "Small-scale plants"? That was not my recollection but more than willing to reconsider based on this description. U of Md lists at 5 ft tall

Scottish salads!  In winter, nature provides us with purslane, lambs lettuce, chicories, endives, land cress and ‘spring’ onions to see us through to spring.

Scottish salads! In winter, nature provides us with purslane, lambs lettuce, chicories, endives, land cress and ‘spring’ onions to see us through to spring.

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