We are surrounded by wild food all the time.
All we need to do is recognise it.
Explore this site for in-depth information on wild food and guided foraging walks
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
Fungi Foraging Walk, Galloway, SW Scotland
26 August 2017A guided forage exploring the fascinating world of wild fungi with Scotland's leading wild food educator. Enjoy a wild cook-in of our finds in the forest afterwards.
Autumn Foraging Walk, Inverary, Argyll
7 September 2017An exploration of the remarkable wild larder of Argyll’s autumn forests and hedgerows, looking at food, drink and medicinal uses of plants, fruit, fungi. There will be an alfresco wild cook-in afterwards. This event is being run in conjunction with Inverary Hostel - all booking is through them.
Seasonal Tips from Mark
Chanterelle - Identification, distribution & edibility.It can feel like finding the mythical pot of gold at the end of a rainbow when you come across a cluster of these beautiful mushrooms on a shady woodland floor. They are the most widely commercially harvested wild fungi in Scotland, loving our damp, mild climate and extensive birch and beech woodlands and are highly esteemed by chefs.
Cep - Identification, distribution, edibility.The cep is the king of edible mushrooms. No food, fungal or otherwise, comes near it for flavour and texture and when you find a firm young penny bun, or 'bouchon' cep as the French call it after champagne corks, there is an irresistable fairytale beauty to them which is both beautiful and seductive.
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.
The Blusher - Edibility, Identification, DistributionA very common mushroom that is edible with appropriate preparation, but can easily be confused with toxic species
Common Hogweed - Identification, Edibility, DistributionYoung hogweed shoots are one of my favourite wild vegetables, reminiscent of asparagus and parsley and so much more. They grow back after harvesting and can provide a steady crop throughout the summer. Fried in butter until almost crisped and caramelised, they are unsurpassed and best eaten as a stand alone vegetable