The taste of Ground Ivy raw is so pungent that it is difficult for most people to chew an entire leaf; However, that flavour mellows considerably on cooking, and so makes an excellent addition for stock, sauces and gravies.
It is a common, perhaps unremarkable, plant with one defining feature – its pungent, rotten smell. This smell, particularly apparent when the leaves are crushed, keeps herbivores away and gives it a local name of ‘Stinking roger’ in some places.
The Victorians tried to change the name to ‘our Lord and our Lady’ hoping to dispel the sexual implications. They said that the spadix was the infant Jesus, being protected by the spathe, the Virgin Mary’s cloak.