Cleavers, Galium aparine

Edible Parts:

· Leaves

· Seeds


Stir fry young shoots and use them in salads or in place of asparagus. You can eat the tender tips raw in salads, though the small sticky hairs may irritate your throat. It’s always best to fry or boil them fist. The seeds can be used to make coffee.

When and where to find it: 

The leaves are best fresh in the Spring before the plant seeds. It can be found in wasteland, hedgerows, woodland and shingles.

Other Observations: 

A scrambling annual plant, its supported by other plants. Its four cornered stems have hooked bristles making it appear ‘sticky’. It has a few names, Cleavers, Goose grass, Sticky willy.

Author: Paul

Paul has had an interest in the outdoors since he was a young kid. Walking, tracking and exploring the wilderness around him, from disused overgrown railway lines to the vast wilderness of the UK national parks. Over the last few years Paul has honed his skills into specific areas of bushcraft and survival. He is an expert in map reading, shelter building and knots, traps and fishing.


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