Three corner leek. From pest to pesto

Three corner leek pesto – A quick and tasty recipe from a highly invasive non native plant. Three corner leek (Allium triquetrum)  Liliaceae Invasive plants evoke heated feelings. Certain plants, whether we appreciate it or not, are evolutionarily disposed to the rapid colonisation of land, especially bare soils. When wandering the British countryside, you will…

Foraging Sea Purslane

Sea purslane (Halimione portulacoides). Learn about foraging this fantastic evergreen perennial wild food. Plants that are able to be harvested all year round, such as the salty sea purslane, are some of my most treasured wild foods to forage.. This plant is a member of the completely edible beetroot family (Chenopodiaceae), and as such it’s…

Foraging Sweet Chestnuts

Foraging sweet chestnuts in the UK One of the great delights of autumn is foraging sweet chestnuts (Castanea sativa) from your local woodland. European people have been collecting these delicious and nutritious little food parcels for thousands of years. These tasty nuts are now a staple of Autumn and winter high streets, being readily available…

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 Guelder rose (cramp bark)

Viburnum opulus – Guelder rose Caprifoliaceae family The Guelder rose is another stunning member of the beautiful honeysuckle family. Often seen growing as an ornamental, like many of its close relatives, this shrub delightfully adorns our hedges and country lanes up and down the land. You can go foraging for both its medicinal bark in the…

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 plants for the digestive system

Foraging plants for the digestive system to help reclaim your health autonomy. Disorders of the gastrointestinal tract are very common these days in ‘Westernised’ societies. By foraging plants for the digestive system we can begin to take back control over our health, through simple lifestyle adjustments and the inclusion of a few select edible and…

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…