Cleavers. Goosegrass. Sticky Willy. The pretty but very invasive and sticky herb of the coffee family. When I was in the garden this morning I pulled a couple handfuls of this up to stop it from spreading and choking the ‘useful’ plants. After I came in I decided to check my library and google because so far I haven’t found a useless plant. I was pleasantly surprised.
Galium aparine is of the Rubiaceae (coffee) family. They say you can roast the seeds for a coffee substitute. I’m not quite that handy yet. The young leaves can be steamed, sautéed even used raw in salad. Basically as you would use any green leaf. For medicinal uses teas have been used as a diuretic and as a skin wash. It’s even been used to treat dandruff.
I’ve found a lovely Cleavers Curry recipe in The Hedgerow Handbook by Adele Nozedar, that I think I will give a try. For now I’ve tried a Sticky Weed Cleansing Drink that I got from https://pioneeringthesimplelife.org/2017/05/19/sticky-weed-cleansing-drink/
I gathered, washed and eagerly stuffed my bottle full and added water. Popped it in the fridge and I’m looking forward to seeing how it tastes tomorrow. Now, I was so excited I did this before reading more and one of my books says that the stems are not as tasty. I remember sticking a particularly thick stem in there thinking, “that’ll be full of nutrients and be great!” While that might be true, I’m now a little nervous about the taste. I’ll let you know how it went! My next post should be about making Dandelion Candy! I’m super stoked to give that a try. I made the dandelion tea last night and I will be good to go today.
Have a beautiful blessed day. Enjoy every bit of natures beauty.