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The stem was hollow-ish and difficult to chew and eat since it was so tough and stringy. according to this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45GiiSii... 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: http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/mar... and this link tells of the uses of marsh thistle http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/her... here's a useful list with descriptions of the thistles found in the UK: http://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/t/th... I recently found a bigger verion of what I think is the same species and eating the stem of the bigger verion is easier: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/437... but perhaps would have been more tasty using the method described here: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/445...
june 2014 folder