The bright yellow flowers of gorse bushes are very distinctive and easy to identify. You may not realise the flowers are edible and used in a range of edible or medicinal recipes. The gorse is evergreen and flowers pretty much all year but flowers have the strongest flavour in springtime. The latin name for gorse is Ulex europaeus.
The flowers are edible but .. beware.. gorse has big thorns so wear thick gloves and be very careful when picking!
I took this picture on the Anglesey coast in mid-November.
Gorse flowers have a very slight flavour of coconut and make a lovely wine or cordial. If you want to have a go at making your own cordial there is a simple gorse cordial recipe on the Eat Weeds website.
Some of you may know that Gorse is one of the Bach Flower Remedies and it is used for hopelessness and despair. It can be especially helpful when someone has been ill for some time and they feel there is no hope of recovery. Gorse helps to see things from a different perspective and gives hope for a more positive outcome.