Useful as a food in the past and just as good today as it can be found year round.
|Cleavers, Goosegrass, Sticky Willies
Quite difficult to confuse with anything else.
Edible when very young or cooked, if a little fibrous and bitter. Should be eaten before the seeds appear in summer but can be found all year round.
Just the fresh looking tops should be picked or wait until the seeds have fully hardened, roast and use as a coffee substitute.
Annoying other kids in the playground.
It has also been used to strain hairs from milk.