New dock leaves

Walking through the woods the other day we spied some newly emerging dock leaves pushing their way through the forest floor.

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Dock leaves are full of tannin and when eaten are very bitter and no good for you. To make the mature leaves more palatable they need to be boiled in several changes of water to rid them of tannin.

Ed tried the new dock leaves raw and found them fairly tasty. The bitterness was not there. From this we make the assumption that the new small leaves, especially when they’ve been covered by forest leaves, are good to nibble on, and good for the pot.

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