Ground elder, it is a very persistent weed. The roots break of quickly and the smallest portion of root left in the soil will result in a new plant growing. In the heavy clay soil of my garden it is a disaster. I pull of leafs to exhaust the plant. But I probably will be exhausted much sooner than the ground elder does!
Ground elder, what to do with it? Recently I received some tips of a fellow gardener. She told me that you could eat ground elder! She was very culinary skilled, so I hung at her lips!
All her tips at a glance:
Cooking in a wok, wonderfully crisp.
Chopped ground elder in an omelette.
Cooked like endive.
Use it as the main ingredient of pesto.
Used as a vegetable in the Indonesian fried rice dish.
My mouth was watering. I asked her whether she had enough ground elder growing in her garden to make all these lovely dishes. But she had non-in her garden.
"Where do you get it from then?" I asked curiously. "I pick it’, she told me. “In the park."
I wish she was my neighbour!
Ground elder, not just for eating..
..you can also make beautiful flower arrangements.
... in a vase.