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Goosegrass

Common name: Cleavers, goosegrass, sticky Willy, stick-a-back, catch weed, coachweed, scratch tongue, Lady’s bedstraw. Botanical name: Galium aparine Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee) Worldwide distribution: Native to a wide region of Europe and north and western Asia. Naturalised in many countries around

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Ground ivy

Common name: Ground ivy, creeping Charlie, catsfoot, field balm, tunhoof, alehoof Botanical name: Glechoma hederacea Family: Lamiaceae (Mint) Worldwide distribution: Native to Europe and south-western Asia. Invasive species in North America. Local distribution: Common and widespread throughout Britain and Ireland.

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Spring elf canapes

The saying goes ‘you eat with your eyes’ and this is very true of the bright Scarlet Elf Cup. This stunning little fungus is the perfect ingredient to surprise your guests and create simple, yet mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres full of

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Scarlet elf cup

Common name: Scarlet elf cup, Scarlet elfcup, moss cup Botanical name: Sarcoscypha coccinea Family: Sarcoscyphaceae (Cup fungi) Worldwide distribution: Widely distributed in the Northern Hemisphere. Local distribution: Common and widespread in Britain and Ireland. Habitat: Dead wood near streams and

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Jelly ear fungus

Common name: Jelly ear, Jew’s ear, wood ear Botanical name: Auricularia auricula-judae Family: Auriculariaceae (Jelly fungi) Worldwide distribution: Temperate regions worldwide. Local distribution: Common and widespread in Britain (particularly in the South) and Ireland. Habitat: Dead elder branches. Occasionally, you

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Homemade hazelnut chocolate spread

Originally known as ‘pasta gianduja’, this Italian spread is a nostalgic childhood treat that always have fascinated to people with sweet tooth. The concern of store bought jars is that is loaded with modified palm oil and extra spoons of

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