Care of my writing and foraging pal, Julia horton-Powdrill, here’s a quick list of fascinating flora and fauna facts for you! Julia’s website ‘Wild About Pemrokeshire’ is full of interesting things…
Did you know…
- The world’s oldest known recipe is for beer.
- Examples of countryside foods that were being eaten in 1917 include blackbirds, sparrows, starlings, hedgehogs, brown rats, grasshoppers, caterpillars and bees!
- Samuel Pepys liked nettle porridge for breakfast.
- Daffodil bulbs contain a substance called galanthine that scientists are developing for use in the treatment of Alzheimer’s.
- Primrose and daisy flowers can be put into salads.
- The Acer (maple) was used by the Romans to make arrows. Acer means ‘sharp’ in Latin.
- Human urine is a great source of nitrogen for plants and can be used on compost heaps to accelerate the decomposition process. No, really…!
- A single dandelion flower has about 180 seeds, but a mature three year old plant can produce up to 5,000 seeds!
- Water travels up tree trunks at roughly 150 feet per hour.
- There are more than 375 micro-species of blackberry in Britain, providing a wide range in shape, size, fruiting time, sweetness and flavour.
And on that note… here’s a really quick and easy blackberry recipe:
Place 300g blackberries in a blender with 75g icing sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice. Whizz to a purée, then pass it through a sieve into a large bowl. Stir in 300ml double cream and use an electric whisk to whip into a fluffy mousse.
Spoon into four dishes, or you could put it into a large serving bowl (glass is good as the colour is so lovely!) and decorate with a few extra blackberries. Eat straight away, or cover and chill – you can make it a day in advance if you need to.