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Drunken Botany Safari, Glasgow
27 July 2019A guided meander along the wild green edges of Glasgow's West End exploring the drinks uses of wild plants, inspiration for foraged cocktails, boozy elixirs and all things wild and tipsy.
Wild Kayak - Wild Food, Arisaig
10 August 2019A three day sea kayak paddling, foraging and wild food adventure around the Sound of Arisaig, Loch Nevis and Loch Moidart, NW Scotland.
Late Summer Fungi and Wild Food Foraging Walk, Loch Fyne, Argyll
29 August 2019A guided forage exploring the late summer fungi, herbs, fruits and seeds of the forests of Argyll. 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, paying particular attention to fungi.
Seasonal Tips from Mark
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...
Chicken of the Woods - Edibility, Identification, DistributionAn easily identified bracket fungi that makes good eating when young and tender
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.
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.
Elderflower Champagne RecipeIf there is a tastier, more refreshing, easier to make summer drink than this, please let me know!
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...