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-- All habitats --
(in flower all year round)
Rich yellow, pea-like. Sepals over half as long as petals, also yellow. Up to 2cm.
Hairy, black, pea-like pods which loudly pop open to spread their seeds on hot summer days.
The leaves are green, hard and spiky, ending in sharp points.
3 meters tall.
The flowers are edible without having to cook them. They are said to taste like almonds. They can be used in salads, tea and wine. Gorse contains a few toxic alkaloids so it's advisable to eat in small amounts only.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Flowers smell of coconut, some say almonds.
European Furze, European Gorse, French Furze, Furze, Irish Gorse, Thorn Broom, Whin.
Gardens, grassland, heathland, moorland, scrub, seaside, towns, wasteland, wetland, woodland.