Foraging Files: Good King Henry


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.

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Good King Henry is not ideal for drying and is best eaten fresh.

Additional information:

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.

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Find out how to dry your forage here