Foraging horse chestnut

Discover the powerful medicinal benefits of horse chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum   –  Horse Chestnut Hippocastanaceae family The horse-chestnut is an elegant tree which belongs to a genus of 13 species, all of them deciduous trees and shrubs. This plant is believed native to the Balkan Peninsula, and history tells us that it was introduced to…

Foraging Rose Hips

Discover the medicinal benefits of roses and why you should still go foraging rose hips Rosa canina / Rosa rugosa – dog rose / hedgehog rose Rosaceae family If you are of a certain age, then foraging rose hips will possibly be something your grandparents may remember with fondness. During the second world war, mass State…

Foraging St John’s wort

Hypericum perforatum  (St Johns wort) Hypericaceae family This summer-flowering medicinal plant grows wild and free throughout many areas of Britain. With a liking of numerous settings it will be easy for foragers to find St John’s wort, and with unique observable characteristics, it is simple to identify. You can find out more about plant identification…

Nettles Monograph for Foragers

Foraging nettles can help you help your prostate! Urtica dioica/ Urtica repens  Stinging nettles – Urticaceae family Although nettles are well known by everyone on this island,  many do not know that this common plant has a remedy for a common accompaniment of ageing, an enlarged prostate. The genus Urtica includes about 50 species of annuals and…

Comfrey Monograph for Foragers

Foraging for comfrey in the UK. Symphytum officinale  – Comfrey Boraginaceae family Comfrey has traditionally been one of the principle remedies in any materia medica. Comfrey is an elegant plant, common to our inland waterways, and one of more than 25 species of coarsely hairy perennials within the genus. The common name Comfrey is derived from…

Foraging Shepherd’s purse

Foraging for Shepherd’s purse in the UK Capsella bursa-pastoris – Shepherd’s purse Brassicaceae Shepherd’s purse is a remarkable edible and medicinal herb in many ways.  This plant grows quickly in numerous settings, so that with sharp eyes, we can generally find it all year round. Shepherds purse is the only member of the genus Capsella and…

What is edible anyway?

Edible wild plants from a kitchen and cooking  perspective… On my own journey of discovery with wild plants, I’ve come to know that the answer to the question “What is edible anyway?”  can often be purely in the creative hands of the forager. A discussion on poisonous plants was previously posted here. When beginning to learn…