Foraging Coltsfoot

Foraging coltsfoot – An ancient and potent herbal medicine for the lungs Tussilago farfara – Coltsfoot Asteraceae family We have been foraging coltsfoot for medicine for thousands of years, and its importance to our materia medica remains. We know from Roman times that this herb was one of our ‘go-to’ remedies for respiratory disorders. Such was…

Foraging hawthorn

Foraging hawthorn for heart boosting medicinal food Crataegus monogyna / C. leavigata   Hawthorns  Rosaceae family When you are out in the hedgerows foraging hawthorn, you are face to face with a truly remarkable tree. Hawthorns are the plant mainly responsible for the success of numerous acts of enclosure here in the UK, from the 14th century…

Know your carrots (part 1)

 A guide to probably the trickiest plant family you can get to know This plant family is one of the most common plant families you will encounter when foraging for food in Britain. It also provides us with some of our staple vegetables, as well as a range of culinary herbs and spices. The world’s…

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,…