Willow is not used as a food; however, it did make a major contribution to the kitchen.
It is believed that the start of fired pottery began when someone who needed to boil water covered their willow basket with clay and put it over the fire. The fire got hot enough to burn away the willow and fire the clay. This site has a good description of the progression of the early art of pottery.
This video tells how to plant a willow bed,
and this one tells how to harvest and make a basket.
I found this book during my research. It's got a nice description of how the art would have naturally progressed.
I haven't been able to read this book yet but I've got it on my wishlist. If you'd like to put it on your wishlist or purchase it, here's the link. (If you do purchase it from this link, I'll get a small commission.)
And since cooking pots shouldn't stay empty for long- here's a recipe for pottage, a medieval soup/stew which Aelfrida would have been very familiar with and which I make frequently. Enjoy!
Have I forgotten anything? Do have any experience with making pottery? Or willow baskets? What did you put in your pottage? I'd love to hear about it! Tell me in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by!
Tomorrow I'll see if our Noble Interest can do something for a headache.