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Marsh Thistle

Cirsium palustre


The stem was hollow-ish and difficult to chew and eat since it was so tough and stringy. according to this video the Marsh thistle needs the outer layer of the stem peeled off in order to eat the inner pith. I tried to do this and it was very difficult because the hollow stem made the thin layer of edible material difficult to isolate. here's a description of the Marsh Thistle that also mentions the Welted thistle as the most confused thistle with this species: and this link tells of the uses of marsh thistle here's a useful list with descriptions of the thistles found in the UK: I recently found a bigger verion of what I think is the same species and eating the stem of the bigger verion is easier: but perhaps would have been more tasty using the method described here:


june 2014 folder

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1 Comment

Lipase 6 years ago

Thanks Ernst, I've gone with Marsh Thistle in the end since the Marsh Thistle has clusters of flowerheads as does the Welted Thistle

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High Peak, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Jul 1, 2014
Submitted on Jul 1, 2014

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