Pickled Ash keys

Ash comes from the Old English ‘æsc’ which means spear.

The tree has often been believed to have healing power and carrying the keys would protect the user against witchcraft.


  • 4 cups/200g ash keys
  • 2 cup vinegar
  • Splash of water
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Tablespoon honey 


Boil the keys for 10 minutes. Drain the water and boil again for a further 10 minutes.

Drain, Pack into warm, sterile jars or another suitable container and set aside.

Meanwhile simmer the rest of the ingredients together for 10 minutes.

Pour the vinegar mix over the keys, seal the jar or container immediately and store for a minimum of 2-3 months before eating.

Published by The Saxon forager

Wiltshire, UK based. I live with my wife & daughter, dog and chickens.

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