Eating wild food restores the vital connection between humans and nature
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Summer Wild Food Foraging Walk, Dundee
29 July 2018In association with Scottish Natural Heritage and Scotland's Natural Larder, a guided exploration of the edible spring plants and fungi of an urban park in the heart of Dundee.
Wild Kayak - Wild Food, Arisaig
18 August 2018A three day sea kayak paddling, foraging and wild food adventure around the Sound of Arisaig, Loch Nevis and Loch Moidart, NW Scotland.
Seasonal Tips from Mark
Marsh Samphire - Identification, Edibility, DistributionI have a love-hate relationship with marsh samphire. Mostly its love - the wide open seascapes where it thrives, its odd cactus-like appearance and its wonderful salty-fresh succulence. Even the silty, squelchy estuarine habitat where it grows has a "mud-glorious-mud" gooeyness that appeals to the filthy schoolboy in me.
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.
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.