Gorse is a common site across Cornwall. It fills our countryside and coast paths with gorgeous colours of yellow and green, delighting folk and inspiring artists. This year, it has also inspired our designers and gorse yellow has become a staple colour for our newest collection.
In honour of this inspirational shrub we have put together five fun facts about Gorse for you:
- It has a wonderful, coconut aroma – some individuals experience this more strongly than others!
- It’s edible and has a fruity, pineapple taste! You can make a rather delectable pickle with the flowers, or even a wine. Our favourite way to eat them is to simply add the raw flowers to salad for taste and colour – watch for their hefty spikes when picking though.
- “Kissing is out of fashion when gorse is out of blossom” is a traditional Cornish proverb. (We’re a passionate bunch down here, common gorse is permanently in bloom!)
- Gorse seeds are produced in elongated pods that noisily burst open when ripe!
- Gorse has had many uses over the centuries, including being used as fuel, grazing stock and thatching for houses!