Herbal Vegan Broth

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This is a Ganoderma australe, or Artists/Southern bracket. Found at the base of Lime, Horse Chestnut, Oak, Beach, Birch and Sycamore. It is a perennial bracket fungus that grows for many years developing noticeable growing ridges on the upper surface.

A super nourishing drink for the winter months, during sickness or convalescence.

Recycle all of your veggie peelings, onion and garlic skins, carrot skins/ends, apple cores, pulp from juicer and all veggie scraps. Use organic vegetables only and save in a freezer bag and keep adding until full.

Add the following additional ingredients:

  • Medicinal mushrooms
  • Nettle leaves – dried or young when harvested
  • Nettle seeds
  • Burdock root
  • Yellow dock root
  • Marshmallow root
  • Calendula flowers
  • Rosemary & sage

Cover with water, simmer all day.  Freeze in ice cube trays for use in soups, rice dishes, beans, pasta, risottos etc or add hot water and drink with a spoon full of miso.

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Dandelion roots are best dug up in Autumn before the leaves have died back. As far as root digging goes they are the easiest of the lot. Voted amongst the top ten most hated weeds by gardeners, why not offer to turn them into medicine (check they are not sprayed)
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Here is some stock containing Birch Polypore and Burdock root on the stove. Birch polypore’s only live for one year so often more sustainable to harvest than Ganoderma species.