Rachel Lambert: forager, author, guide
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6th October 2020
Elderberry and Chocolate Souffles

‘Oh my god’ – is the standard response to the first mouthful of these. Everyone knows that chocolate tastes good, but the additional richness of elderberry in these light, fluffy and hot desserts makes these utterly irresistible. They're also happen to be gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free and free from refined sugars, not too sweet and very, […]

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5th October 2020
Elderberry Cordial Recipe

I'm amazed how different raw and cooked elderberries taste. As a forager I should know that cooking can transform wild, unpleasant flavours into something exquisite, though still I'm amazed! Raw, elderberries are 'meh' and eating too many can cause a stomach upset. Cooked, they create a divine liquor that's to be cherished for all it's […]

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16th June 2020
Can you eat pink elderflowers?

Wow, they're pink! Pink elderflowers with beautiful dark purple, almost black foliage and the flowers smell like elderflowers - what a find! But are they edible? Black beauty, Black lace, Sambucus nigra, f. porphyrophylla 'Gerda' are an ornamental subspecies of Elder. Their flowers smell lemony and they're a stunner to look at! They are often bought and […]

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20th December 2018
Elderberry and Apple Jelly Recipe

Elderberry Jelly is full of antiviral properties that can stave off some strains of flu and shorten the duration of others. It's particularly useful for the elderly and young children. Elderberries are the fruits of the elder tree, which are a member of the umbellifer family. Correct identification is essential. Elderberries should always be cooked. […]

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12th October 2018
Taking Care of the Elders

Here I discuss my love of Elder and how we can take care of this richly providing plant. As September arrives and passes, I love to see the decadent fruit of the Elder tree (Sambucus nigra); heavily laden fruits, dropping off her flexible branches. I considerate it a non-alcoholic equivalent to red wine, such is […]

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9th July 2018
How to be Wild and Free (inspired by Virginia Woolf)

All of us desire different things, though many of us desire something similar, something so simple and plain it is almost intangible. I desire freedom; freedom to be creative, to be myself and nature has become my tool to do this. It's an initiation, I feel, an initiation into freedom that comes from spending time […]

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25th June 2018
How and When to Pick the Best Elder Flowers

Pretty aren't they! And a lovely scent (as long as they haven't passed their prime, in which case they'll smell like cat pee). Though this blog isn't about the pretty things, it is about how to know when to pick elder flowers, and when to leave them. These are some of the tricks that foragers […]

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10th July 2013
Elderflower Cordial and Elderflower Sorbet Recipes

Elderflower cordial is the ultimate summer drink, scent and medicine. As I sit here in my kitchen I'm enjoying their light, dreamy scent wafting across the room, of the ones I picked this morning. Summer foraging for elderflowers is almost as popular as blackberries in autumn, or wild garlic in spring, and all for good […]

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27th September 2012
Wild Berries in Austria

Enjoying a combination of new sights & tastes & feeling reassured by how many wild edibles we share with mainland Europe    Back in Spring, I felt inspired to plan a trip to Europe, lured by stories of ice-cold mountain lakes, lots of outdoors people, armfuls of wild berries & mountains... Over the last few […]

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