SUMMER

Wild Bilberries in Cornwall

Wild Bilberries in Cornwall

Towards the end of the summer I was walking through a woodland in south Cornwall, neither near my destination, nor my starting point. I was carrying a large amount of drinking water for a wild camping trip I was doing with a friend, and sincerely […]

Getting Jammy with Blackberries

Getting Jammy with Blackberries

Ahhh, blackberries (rubus fruticosus), our native super fruit, so full of flavour, fibre and vitamin C. Pretty much everyone knows blackberries, actually it is blackberries that makes many people a forager, yes, if you’ve picked and eaten wild blackberries you are a forager! I love […]

Dear Miss Blackberry

Dear Miss Blackberry

    Miss Blackberry, are you winking at me? Flashing your juicy smile my way. How can I resist your deep colouring and shiny curves dotting the prickly hedgerows. And how can I decipher your sweetness from your sour sisters and under-ripe brothers?     […]

Summer Virtues of Stinging Nettles

Summer Virtues of Stinging Nettles

I’m writing this  blog in summer – not a time to eat stinging nettles (urtica dioica), despite the Dorset Nettle Eating Competition held every July (read the important information on When Not to Eat Nettles to find out why not).  However, nettles have many other virtues beyond […]

Rock Samphire Salsa Verde

Rock Samphire Salsa Verde

‘You just have to try that green stuff’ (participant on a foraging course) Luscious wild greens; Rock Samphire (Crithmum maritimum) makes the perfect base for a Salsa Verde (green sauce) and it tastes so great that hardly anything else needs to be added. Over the […]

How to Make Wild Rose Water

How to Make Wild Rose Water

I love roses, and of course they are also one of the many symbols of love. Here in the UK we have several wild varieties and the cultivated ones are, almost, infinite. After a hot, sunny day, I particularly love to be overcome by the […]

Roses are Red, White, Pink and Edible

Roses are Red, White, Pink and Edible

Ah, to stop and smell the roses, is a valuable moment in life. Everything else can fall away as your nose reaches towards the soft petals of the rose and you breath in, deeply. It can also be an unknown moment; will the scent be […]

Why Cornwall is Special for Foraging

Why Cornwall is Special for Foraging

Cornwall is the 9th largest county in the UK, it’s boarder mostly by the sea (and Devon, of course) and is almost 1500 metres squared in area. We have amazing access to coastal areas, 422miles of it, where foraging is rich and includes fish, mollusks, […]

How and When to Pick the Best Elder Flowers

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 […]

When NOT to Eat Stinging Nettles

When NOT to Eat Stinging Nettles

You may know, that I rate Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica) highly. I believe they are one of our most nutritious greens in the UK alongside the goosefoot family which includes Fat Hen (Chenopodium album), Good King Henry (Chenopodium bonus-henricus) and Oraches (Atriplex patula and Atriplex […]