Good King Henry aka Blitum bonus-henricus, poor man’s asparagus, perennial goosefoot, wild spinach, Lincolnshire spinach, English mercury, mercury goosefoot.
The plant grows up to 80cm tall and has green triangular shaped leaves with a waxy texture that grow up the stem between 5 and 10cm long. The flowers grow from the centre and are tall and thin. It is considered by most to be an invasive plant and is therefore perfect for foragers.
Good King Henry is not ideal for drying and is best eaten fresh.
The plant has been consumed for centuries and is most often used as a substitute for spinach. It contains iron, calcium, vitamin B and vitamin C.