I can’t remember which part but I do believe its the juice from the stems. What is the problem with Balsam? I first came across the reference in Sir George Watt’s six volume ‘A Dictionary of Economic Products of India’ 1889-1896. When collecting the seeds, you need not be too particular in removing all bits of the seed pods that you collect with them as the pods are edible. These can be ejected up to 7 metres from the parent plant and can be spread far and wide in streams and rivers. The shallow roots of Himalayan Balsam make it easy just to pull it straight out the ground. It is believed that Himalayan balsam seeds remain viable for up to two years. Hi Dave, heard chap today on the radio say that HB seed was edible, googled to make sure he wasn’t a nutter before I tried it, and it went straight to your site. I love these plants, and contrary to what I am hearing they don’t take the bees away from the other 100 or so other species we have in our garden. The extreme pace at which Himalayan Balsam can spread, thanks to its exploding seed pods and the damage it can cause to the environment, makes it an invasive species. By foraging for this free food you can help your budget and the environment. I found a recipe for Rose petal preserve and adapted it a little for the balsam. )and she loved the beautiful colours, right next to her apple orchard! After finding out that Japanese Knotweed was edible (use the young shoots as you would rhubarb) I began a quest to find out what other invasive weeds could end up on the dinner plate. In areas with a high density of plants, strimming or cutting are effective control measures, but all stems must be completely severed below the lowest node (or joint). « Reply #3 on: September 22, 2014, 11:40:54 pm » We pull ours and burn it before it seeds ,don't think I would risk the goats with it though Could they be used for this since the physical make up is so similar? Therefore, if effective control is carried out before seeding, complete eradication can be achieved in one season. The reason this can be such a disaster is that because this plant is not native, there aren’t many creatures that will eat it and keep it under control. Dreams of the Med in frozen north, Return of the Good Life: the new craze for front garden allotments, Ron Finley at MAD4: “Save Your Food Save Your Life” – YouTube, How to Harvest Your Own Seeds from Fruit and Vegetables for Propagation into Nursery – The Permaculture Research Institute. I didn’t know you could eat the seeds though, we also have Nigella which are also invasive in the sense that they grow anywhere. Wild food in May – Late Spring Foraging – Food for free in May – Andy Hamilton, Alien Invaders: Did Darwin get it wrong then? This attractive annual plant was introduced to Ireland from the Himalayas and has since become a very invasive weed. The colour is so vivid that I would use it to colour jellies, jams and cordials. It is fast-growing and spreads quickly, invading wet habitat at the expense of other, native flowers. I love spy movies, ones like James Bond where the cars are fast, the suits expensive and you never know which beautiful woman you can trust. Each seed has a viability of 18 months. Thanks for giving us something to try with the flowers themselves. Its explosive seed pods aid its spread by sending the seeds into the river, causing further dispersal downstream. The entire seed population germinates synchronously in spring to form a dense stand. It is also commonly referred to as Indian Balsam. Q6: Why is Himalayan balsam an invasive species? • Re: It really is difficult at the moment, But what can I do? It could also be used as a topping for trifles or other deserts. By growing to such a height and exploding it can disperse its seeds maybe 3-5 m from the original plant, which can cast into the river and carried on by the flow. Himalayan balsam is an annual plant that is propegated by seed (each plant can produce 800 seeds). Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glanulifera) is an attractive looking flower, with a stout, hollow stem, trumpet shaped pink/white flowers and elliptical shaped green leaves. By . It’s important to time your Himalayan balsam control so you don’t inadvertently spread more seeds. I found I could pull up the plant root and all quite easily so I yanked on each plant as I removed the flower. Thanks for the information, and yes of course we are very careful with these however they are everywhere in Ontario, my grandmother had them growing against her barn (maybe they ate the cow poo? The more seeds we eat, the fewer seeds there will remain to spread this plant. 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