Ramson flower bud lacto-fermentation

Or, wild capers with Bear Garlic! If you live in old woodland, especially towards the Western Atlantic coast of Britain, you will walk in woodlands where extensive carpets of this supreme wild garlic  (Allium ursinum) is found growing in lushious dense swards from January onwards in many areas, through to late May. You can harvest…

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…

Oats. A monograph for foragers

Avena sativa & Avena fatua Oats / wild oats Poaceae family “When young, sow wild oats…When old, grow sage” Cereal grain crops continue to be the dominant component of human diets, comprising more than a third of what we eat. Oats is my favourite grain because it can be used as a preventative and curative…

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…