How to use it: leaves have long been used medicinally as a tea because if their astringent properties. It's been used to treat mouth ulcers, gingivitis and sore throats. You can make a delicious, fruity wild tea with a few fresh or dried leaves. Infuse in hot water for 5 minutes. Dried leaves can be stored in an airtight container away from direct light.
What to look for: bramble is considered an aggregate of hundreds of different microspecies but they are easy to identify. Look for their long, rambling, thorny, reddish-green stems. The young, green, tender leaves are perfect for picking in April.