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…

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…

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…