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    Yeah, they grow along hedgerows, on scrub land, waste land and ... lucky for me ... in my garden

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owen View Post
    Thanks for prompting me to eat nettles and dandelion, I have been - great stuff, not to mention free ! There are some weeds in my garden that have a white flower at the top and look like nettles from a distance. They don't have any stinging properties and their leaves have a mild taste of garlic + onion, I know they're not wild garlic as I eat that whenever I find it. Any ideas what this might be? To be honest the aftertaste isn't that good although initially they do taste like wild garlic leaves.

    Is it this?

    White Dead-nettle Hedgerow: Edible Species | John Wright | Wild-Food

    Lamium album White Dead Nettle PFAF Plant Database

    If so - it is edible. Both white and purple dead nettle are. Tea made from them is OK - and they can be added to soups etc.

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    Coo, seen this on my walk to town for shopping. I'll pick some leaves and give it a try.
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    Hi Mike, yes blackberries are very common and one of my favorites, looking forward to that in 2 or 3 months time. I know a few spots where I live in worcestershire but when I was in wales last year, they were everywhere

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    Hi Breadsauce, no its not that - although I will now look out for this dead nettle also. I may have to take a photo of whats in my garden. It probably isn't ideal to eat, but because it tasted like garlic I'm curious. I'll post it on here when I have a photo. I noticed it on roadsides today also.

    Also today I discovered bedstraw, which often grows in and amongst nettles, is also edible, although very fibrous, I added it to my nettle soup:

    Hedge Bedstraw / Galium mollugo (Plants) by Poppy on 16th May 2011 | iSpot

    Just noticed its already mentioned on this post, called goosegrass
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    Ok I now know what the plant is thats growing in my garden (aside from the edible dandelions that are also everywhere), its Garlic Mustard - just seen it on a video.

    hedge chef episode 2 - Hedge mustard - YouTube

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    Thanks for that link! I know where this stuff grows profusely - but I didn't know it was edible. I love that recipe and will be making this ad infinitum!!!

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    NO problems, I've also found some dead nettles as well. I've also just found this behind my garden on a patch of wasteland, also edible, and very common in the uk:

    Ground Elder (Aegopodium Podagraria) - 2012-06-16 - YouTube

    I use this just as I would broccoli stems

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