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53 52 It is advisable not to dig too many roots from the wild, as we now try to protect our wild plants. Collect the seeds in Autumn and grow them in your garden. Perhaps in time seeds from your garden will help recolonize the wild. Roots are dug from August onwards and are good until the hard frosts. Some will overwinter. Smyrnium olusatrum. Eat the upper root. 5 Arctium minus. May be roasted whole, or sliced thinly in stir fries. Used to make dandelion and burdock beer. op. Cichorium intybus. Wild succory. Common in the south with blue flowers. Boil the roots as a vegetable. Coffee substitute. op. taraxacum officinale. Thinly slice the roots for stir fries, soups or stews, make into a coffee substitute. op. Oenothera biennis. Grow at the back of a sunny border. Boil the fleshy first year roots. A mild nutty taste. 15 Armoracia rusticana. A 3ft plant, common on wasteground and roadsides with a large docktype leaf. 55 Levisticum officinale. Aromatic flavoured root vegetable, formerly eaten in the Scottish Highlands. 55 Tragopogon porrifolius. An old kitchen garden favourite, tasting a bit like salt fish. Steam with butter and lemon juice. 55 Potentilla anserina. Abundant in damp grassy places. Good garden ground cover with attractive yellow flowers and silver undersides to the leaf. Boil, slice or bake the roots. op. Centranthus ruber. Use the roots for soups. 11
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