Brenda Groth wrote:
at what stage and how fixed are the catkins edible???
Along with a slightly nutty taste from the yellow, powdery pollen, the catkin structure itself was crunchy and pleasing, if not a little bitter...For ten days I ate ten raw catkins in the morning. Then for 20 days I ate 20 boiled catkins (after drying and collecting the pollen). At no time did I feel any ill effects...The Plants for a Future Database (www.pfaf.org) [states] that the catkins are astringent and have been chewed to alleviate diarrhea...I find alder catkins to be a refreshingly seasonal dietary addition, especially when boiled (I liken the taste to corn and potatoes) seasoned with western coltsfoot ash-salt or added raw to boiled worms. Boiled alder seedlings have also proven to be meal-worthy.
richie Walsh wrote:Has anyone figured out a alder guild??
I'm planning to plant a black alder on my allotment for a number of reasons ie: shade (as I have none). to take advantage of the extra nitrogen, and as it is indigenous to northern Europe I hope it will attract more wildlife (birds insects etc)..
I've been looking on line for quite some time but I haven't found any mention of an alder guild. If no one has read/created one could someone please have a look around their alders, and let me know whats growing under and around them?
Lyvia Dequincey wrote:It's a tricky distinction - something that grows fast enough to withstand grazing and be coppiced for wood is generally fast enough that somebody will call it weedy. But it depends on conditions, too.
For me the word weedy depends on the roots - if you decide to take it out, do you have to get every last piece of root? If you want to keep it behind a line, can you just trim it back annually? Or will it sprout from nearby all season?
And then there are some things like dandelions that just pop up everywhere. I would imagine that since it is forage, that deer and horses might like that.
Chloe Rose wrote:
I've read that alder can develop suckers, and that it's a prolific seeder so you would need to keep an eye on them.
I read a blog the other day, and the author just cuts the alders back every time they get to big (sorry that i dont have the link)