Poisonous and toxic plants

Poisonous plants: To learn them is to leave them! “Where observation is concerned, chance favours only the prepared mind” ~Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) When starting out, plant identification books should always, always be used when foraging for anything. Safety is paramount. If in doubt, leave it out! The subject of toxicity is an interesting yet by…

Foraging and the law

Foraging and the law as it applies to England and Wales (as far as I can comprehend…) The legality of foraging is often a grey area, because as we know, thousands upon thousands of acts of parliament legislate against our activities in most spheres of our existence under the present rule of statute law. For…

Oats. A monograph for foragers

Avena sativa & Avena fatua Oats / wild oats Poaceae family “When young, sow wild oats…When old, grow sage” Cereal grain crops continue to be the dominant component of human diets, comprising more than a third of what we eat. Oats is my favourite grain because it can be used as a preventative and curative…

Garlic Monograph for foragers

Allium ursinum, Allium sativum Wild garlic, Bulb garlic Liliacea family Only comparatively recently have the British public embraced garlic, a plant renowned globally for its culinary uses. Before the 1980’s it wasn’t used anything like it is today. In this discussion I deal with the similar culinary and medicinal aspects of both our native wild…

Burdock Monograph for foragers.

Arctium lappa / Arctium minus Burdock Asteraceae family Although appearing as one species when first meeting them, these two species reveal differences that become increasingly evident as you get to know them. The greater burdock (Arctium lappa) and lesser burdock (Arctium minus) both have a long-standing tradition of use as a medicine and food. These…

Red clover monograph

Trifolium Pratense Red Clover Leguminosae / Fabaceae family “Life can be easy, it is only a question of choosing between solutions and illusions.” This plant is one of numerous leguminous plants to grow on the British Isles. Found almost everywhere, red clover helps feed the soil as well as us. Although only small in stature,…

Monday Morning Monographs

I know, it isn’t Monday…but every Monday for the past four weeks, and for the forseeable future, I haver posted a monograph on one of my favourite wild plants, born from research done when at Uni and beyond. They have been published on my facebook group page but will now be pubished here first. You never know,…

Why Wild Plant Guide?

So what should I expect on a walk with Wild Plant Guide?” Well, since I began sharing my wild plant adventures, I have now led almost 200 walks in the last four years, sharing my passion with more than 1500 people along the way. I have been researching and experimenting with wild plants for nearly…

Harvesting Wild Plants – A short guide

It is important to say firstly that all leaves, flowers, roots, and seeds should always be of the usual colour for that plant. Do not use any blackened, mouldy, miscoloured or otherwise damaged material. Handle plants carefully to avoid bruising and spoiling delicate leaves. The cutting of stems should ideally be done with sharp secateurs…

Cleavers…Stick or Twist?

Here I am demonstrating the special sticky qualities of sticky willy, aka cleavers or goose grass (Galium aparine), from the coffee family (Rubiaceae). Cleavers is a renowned edible and medicinal plant, growing almost everywhere in the UK. As an edible its really only good at this time of year, in the spring. As a food, I…