Botanical name: Taraxacum officinale agg. Common name: Dandelion, dent-de-lion, lion’s tooth, piss-en-lit, piss-a-bed Family: Asteraceae (Daisy) Subfamily: Cichorioideae (Chicory) Worldwide distribution: Native to Eurasia and found in the northern temperate zones. Local distribution: Extremely common all over the UK and Ireland. Habitat: Grassland, meadow, wasteland, lawns and gardens. Foraging season: Leaves and flowers in early … Read more

Garlic mustard

Common name: Garlic mustard, hedge garlic, jack in the edge, jack in the bush, poor man’s mustard, hedge garlic, sauce alone Botanical name: Alliaria petiolata Family: Brassicaceae (Cabbage) Worldwide distribution: Native throughout Europe, North Africa, western and central Asia. Introduced in North America, where it’s considered invasive. Local distribution: Very common throughout England, Wales, south … Read more


Common name: Stinging nettle, common nettle, nettle leaf Botanical name: Urtica dioica Family: Urticaceae (Nettle) Worldwide distribution: Native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa and North America. Introduced elsewhere. Local distribution: Widespread in the UK and Ireland. Habitat: Woodland edges, wasteland and hedgerow banks. Foraging season: Young leaves early to late spring and second growth early … Read more