Reclaim Health Autonomy! Forage for cardio-vascular herbs

“A physician is one who pours drugs of which he knows little, into a body of which he knows less” ~ Francois Voltaire This occasional series of foraging for health autonomy, begins with herbs that you can easily forage that benefit your cardo-vascular system. In case you were wondering…I’m no Medicinal Herbalist, but I am…

What is edible anyway?

Musings from a culinary perspective…because for foragers and foraging guides, the question of what is edible comes up all the time, and I find that this simple question cannot be answered simply. So its perfect for someone who likes to talk! On my own journey of discovery with wild plants, I’ve come to know that…

Japanese Knotweed & beetroot relish

What better way to try and halt the spread of invasive edible plants but to eat them. Make sure you are picking from a patch of knotweed that isn’t sprayed with herbicides. So better to find some well off the beaten track. Word of warning: Its seriously good! Ingredients: (all approximate, sorry!) Good big bunch…

A Wild Weekend in West Wales!

Fancy a wild weekend in the gorgeous Pembroke peninsula, where you can indulge in a range of wild plant workshops, fungi forays, bushcraft skills, wild food cookery and plant dyes and dyeing workshops, while enjoying a comfortable glamping setup, located just a few miles from the beach? You do? Then read on! This September, from…

Starting your wild food foraging adventures

How to forage? Guidelines for the beginner “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894) One of the great aspects about learning about foraging is that you can practice and increase your existing skills at any time when outside! No…

Fast track your foraging fun…

  Introducing the patterns method of plant identification. Plants can be usefully grouped together due to the patterns they produce. Our well known binomial system devised by Carl Linnaeus in the 18th Century, does just this, with the floral parts being the basis for deciding upon the plant family to which a plant belongs. The…

Coltsfoot monograph for foragers

Tussilago farfara Coltsfoot Asteraceae family “A thing of beauty is a joy forever” ~ John Keats (1795-1821) If you were to go to an apothecary in the 17th and 18th Century, you would recognise this flower immediately from the signage outside. We know from Roman times that this herb was one of our ‘go-to’ remedies…

Hawthorn monograph for foragers

 Crataegus monogyna / C. leavigata   Hawthorns Rosaceae family “The art in medicine consists of amusing the patient whilst nature cures the disease.” ~ Francois Voltaire (1694 – 1778) These two plants, recognised as one, are truly remarkable. As common a tree as you can get, these spring flowering, summer-beckoning mainstays of the hedge, offer us unique…

Where to Forage in towns and cities?

Good question! The Answer…everywhere and pretty much anywhere! This article hopes to show that no matter where you live, there are opportunities to reap wild food rewards. Most of us now live in towns or cities. Some 80% of humans now live in the urban environment. Although not known for having mile upon mile of fecund…

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…