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Spring Forest & Hedgerow Foraging Walk, Galloway, SW Scotland
10 March 2019A guided foray exploring the delicious, healthy and surprising array of edible plants and fungi available in early Spring, with a wild cook-in of our finds in the forest afterwards.
Spring Forest & Hedgerow Foraging Walk 2, Galloway, SW Scotland
17 March 2019A guided foray exploring the delicious, healthy and surprising array of edible plants and fungi available in early Spring, with a wild cook-in of our finds in the forest afterwards.
Seasonal Tips from Mark
Velvet Shank Mushrooms - Edibility, Identification, DistributionIn bleak midwinter, when mycophogists start to look hungry and haunted by the paucity of pickings, velvet shank (flamunilla velutipes) can put a glint back in their eye. It grows between November and March, when, in Scotland, there are very few other mushrooms about.
Few-Flowered Leek - Identification, Distribution, EdibilityIf you come across a plant that reminds you of wild garlic, but has narrower leaves and less of a garlic smell, you may have found wild leeks. These aren’t the hulking great Frankenstein leeks you might expect to find in shops and gardens, but something tender and elegant...
Scarlet elf cup - Identification, edibility, distributionThese spectacular little fungi fall into the category of almost too pretty to pick. I find lots in a snowdrop-filled wood by the sea and the contrast of the red elf cups, white flowers and vibrant green moss makes it a very special place in February....
Wood Avens - Edibility, Identification, DistributionThis is a super-common plant of wood edges (and often deeper in the forest where light penetrates) and hedgerows, with a long history of medicinal use. The leaves can be used as a pot-herb in spring and summer but their flavour is unremarkable. The part that commands my attention is the root, which has a distinct flavour of cloves