A few years ago I went on a wild edibles foraging workshop at the Hermitage in Edinburgh. Our guide, Monica Wilde, introduced us to so many different edible ‘weeds’ that I found it hard to remember them all. While on the course, one that was easy for me to remember was Cleavers (Galium aparine), or sticky willy as we used to call it when we were kids. Monica advised us it is great to get the lymph moving.
- Video Transcript
- Just out to get some edibles from the garden. My mum will pick these up as weeds but now she’s left them for me. This is what I’m after. Cleavers – we call it sticky willy in the U.K. So this is brilliant for getting the lymph moving. I’m just going to add a little bit of this to my juice.
On her wild food blog, Monica writes:
[Cleavers] is a great lymphatic tonic. It is alterative, diuretic and stimulates the lymph system and is used to treat conditions like lymphadenitis, tonsillitis, glandular fever, enlarged adenoids, tissue oedema and water retention. Historically it was considered one of the great ‘blood purifiers’ and used to cleanse a sluggish system[.]
At this time of year, I’ve got some sticky willy growing in the garden. So before it gets pulled out and thrown away as a weed, I thought it would be a good time to add it to my juice.
Ingredients (Makes approx. 36 oz)
- 1 1/4 lbs green grapes
- 1 organic cucumber
- 1 head of organic celery
- 6 oz organic kale
- 2 stems of cleavers (optional)
- Wash the grapes, cucumber, celery and kale
- Chop the cucumber and celery (and cleavers)
- Juice all the ingredients together
- Run a little water through the juicer to push any remaining pulp through
- Sieve the juice
Juice Fiend Says
I love adding wild edibles to my juices. Using just a little bit means I can get the benefits of the phyto-nutrients without impacting the taste of the juice very much.