Galium spp.

  • stem, leaves and flowers of plant can be eaten raw.

  • plant is best when collected before fruiting.

  • raw plant has mild/no taste and older plants have an unpalatable texture.

  • plant is best when cooked.

  • is a good source of vitamin C.

  • varieties in the Pacific Northwest include Cleavers (Galium aparine), Northern bedstraw (Galium boreale) and Sweet-scented bedstraw (Galium triflorum).

  • look for bedstraw alongside low-growing vegetation and disturbed soil sites.

  • warning: acts as a mild laxative when eaten in quantity.

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