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Comfrey – Symphytum Orientale

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  • Season – May – October.
  • Only pick leaves from the white flowered comfrey plants.
  • Flowers have drooping tubular/bell shapes.
  • Flowers April/May.
  • Can be mistaken for other varieties of comfrey, but look for the white flowers in this case.
  • Stem leaves are more rounded than other comfrey leaves.
  • Loves damp, dark habitats such as woodlands, river banks, hedgerows, roadside verges….

Comfrey Fritters on a Bed of Wild Greens Salad

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time13 mins
Keyword: Comfrey, Comfrey Fritters, Edible Weeds, forage, Wild Greens
Servings: 4 people
Author: Foragers Folly

Ingredients

Fritters:

  • 100 g gram flour batter chickpea
  • ¼ tsp mixed herbs
  • rapeseed oil for frying
  • 8 freshly picked young comfrey leaves

Salad

  • 4 large handfuls of wild greens anything in season (i.e. chickweed, miners lettuce, dandelion leaves, violet leaves)
  • 25 g sunflower seeds
  • Small handful of daisy flower heads optional
  • Pinch mixed herbs
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp of balsamic vinegar

Instructions

Method:

  • Make batter by adding 100g gram flour with a little water, and mix until you have a thick consistency, a bit like custard. Add herbs to the batter (leave to stand for 10-30 mins before using).
  • Wipe the comfrey leaves through the batter, then deep fry them for 1 min in the rape seed oil. Drain, then place 2 fritters on top of each salad, and garnish with daisy flower heads.

Method

  • Mix up the wild greens, mixed herbs, and seeds in a bowl, then distribute evenly on 4 plates.
  • In a cup, add the sugar, oil and vinegar and mix well. Then drizzle a tbsp over salad on each plate.
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