We are surrounded by wild food all the time.
All we need to do is recognise it.
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Summer Hedgerow and Coastal Foraging Walk 2, Sands of Luce, Galloway
2 August 2017A guided foray exploring the delicious, healthy and surprising wealth edible plants and fungi around the coast and hedgerows of Sand of Luce Caravan Park, just South of Stranraer. There will be an al fresco wild cookery demonstration after and foraged treats and tasters throughout.
Late Summer Wild Food & Fungi Foraging Walk, Glasgow
20 August 2017Late August is a great time for fungi, herbs, fruits and seeds in central Scotland and this event is designed to make the most of it. Over the course of about 1.5 miles of easy walking over 3 hours we will explore the full range of our late summer/early autumn wild larder
Seasonal Tips from Mark
Chickweed - Identification, Edibility, DistributionThis common "weed" is actually a delight to eat. It has a mild, fresh, "grassy" flavour with no bitterness, making it an excellent bulker in wild salads - where mild flavours are needed to balance more pungent flavours. It cooks down well - like spinach, but try to harvest only the lush, leafy tops or it can tend towards stringyness...
Bush Vetch - Identification, Edibility, DistributionThese little tendrils of joy delight me with their quiet insidious clamberings over the less subtle denizens of the hedgerow. Suck the flowers for a tiny, yet hugely rewarding sweet nectar hit, then chew to enjoy generous pea flavours. The delicate leaves and tendrils from the end of the stems make excellent garnishes, in the vein of "microherbs" so popular with chefs nowadays. Only these are nicer. And free.
Sea Aster - Identification, Edibility, DistributionSea aster is one of many gastronomic delights you can gather easily and sustainably on the salty water margin. It hangs out with other stars of the wild food world like Marsh samphire, sea purslane, sea arrowgrass, sea plantain, annual sea blight, scurvy grass and orache and i'm pretty envious of the sheep that get to graze these delicacies.
Orache - Identification, Edibility, DistributionOrache doesn't always get good reviews in foraging guidebooks, but I rate the varieties I encounter very highly - both as a salad leaf when young, and as a spinach substitute when mature. The tender young leaves, to my palate, are wonderfully sweet with nutty overtones and a hint of salt...
Dryad's Saddle - Edibility, Identification, DistributionA very common and beautiful early season bracket fungi. Quite distinctive, with feather-like scales on top and water melon scented pores below...
Sweet Cicely - Edibility, Identification, DistributionSweet cicely offers many sensual pleasures to the forager. There is an ampleness and generosity in her growth that is pleasing to the eye - seldom taller than a metre or so, but always appearing substantial without being solid. Despite being a member of the often scary carrot family, this gorgeous plant is one I recommend to novice foragers.