Alexanders, Seeds, A Forager’s Feast

Alexanders, Seeds, A Forager’s Feast

Alexanders seeds first marched into Britain on the soles of Roman footwear.

Alexanders are found growing now (early January), here in South Devon. They have a distinct parsley/celery/angelica taste, and are sometimes referred to as black lovage. This plant is a real gem, all parts are edible and rich in vitamins, especially C and minerals.

I will cover its early use here, which at the moment, will be the tender long hollow stems (pencil width) and glossy green leaves.



Alexanders seem to favour growing near coastal locations, but not exclusively so. They can be quite abundant when found, particularly boarding verges and pathways. A biennial in its second year, it will send up its strong long stems and flower heads.


Preparing alexanders stems

As mentioned above all parts are edible, making this plant a very versatile find for all seasons. The young tender stems, a good winter vegetable,  it responds well to being gently steamed. It can be eaten as you would, celery or asparagus. An excellent winter soup ingredient, but go gently first time around, it is strong in flavour, and you will need to use your personal judgement on quantity.


Hearty Alexanders Soup

The seeds foraged in late summer make a wonderful store cupboard condiment, whole or ground, added to stews and casseroles, they will give your dishes a wonderful aromatic taste.


Alexanders seeds

Treat and use your winter alexanders finds, as you would celery. If raw, treat as a herb, in small quantities in salads or as a topping. It has a very strong flavour, but cooked it will fit nicely into many dishes, such as my quick supper of creamy mushroom, and alexanders pasta (see below) or maybe in a risotto. It makes a good vegetable side dish or an ingredient for stews, casseroles and soup.


Creamy mushroom and alexanders pasta.

We will revisit alexanders though out the season, and from savouring the stems and leaves, move on to flower, seeds and finely roots, I will also endeavour to provide, more suggestion for usage, as I journey and experiment along with you. Please pop back as there will be many more wild finds coming soon, questions and feedback very welcomed.


Chopped alexanders leaves.

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