Author Archives: Alvaro Docio

Jelly ear fungus

This suspicious looking little mushroom’s name, originally known as Judas’ ear, is a Christian reference to Judas Iscariot, who supposedly (and unlikely) hanged himself from an elder tree. The name was corrupted to Jew’s ear and eventually became jelly ear… Read more »

Canadian goldenrod

Introduced as an ornamental plant from its native North America, goldenrod is now a very common sight in the wild, as the plant rampantly spread into vast carpets on riverbanks and wastelands alike. This perennial goes unnoticed most of the… Read more »

Hawthorn

The humble hawthorn is one of the most magical and enchanted trees of Britain’s hedgerows, with so many traditions and folklore associated that is considered a fairy tree amongst hedge witches. Hawthorn enliven the countryside with its deep scented blossom… Read more »

Acorn pancakes

Acorns are rarely used as ingredient in Britain but are very versatile. This year I won my battle against squirrels and picked plenty of acorns, which I wanted to use to make bread. I was also suggested I could make… Read more »