Online Foraging and Wild Food Resources
Recommended Wild Food and Foraging Websites
- General guidance on foraging guidebooks and online resources
- General foraging guidebooks
- Plant foraging guidebooks
- Fungi foraging guidebooks
- Wild Food Guide
- Further reading – coming soon
It is impossible to cover all the wild food websites and social media out there, so here are some of my favourites. I am naturally drawn to sites that are content heavy (ie. more than just a shop window), informative and well written by people who are clearly passionate about their subject. Apologies to the several thousand I have missed!
Please don’t all run off to theses wonderful sites and abandon Galloway Wild Foods! Have you seen my free wild food guide yet? It now has more information and pictures than any foraging book I know, yet is still work in progress…probably for the rest of my life!
Edible Leeds – Great recipes, encouragement and inspiration from passionate forager Craig Worral, who also guides forays around Leeds.
Acuvital – Andrew MacFarlane’s is an acupuncturist, bee keeper, forager and the best mead-maker I have met. He blogs entertainingly here on everything from the Tao of foraging to how to perfect herbal meads.
Emma Does Dandelions – Some great punchy blogging with a slant towards (though by no means exclusively for) young mums and women.
The Botanist Gin – There is a vast amount of inspiration and information on making drinks using wild plants on this very lovely website. Sooo much more than just a shop window. You’ll find a lot of my own thoughts on booze foraging and wild cocktail recipes on this site, as well as inspiring concoctions from many of the world’s best mixologists.
EatWeeds – Master-forager Robin Harford’s superb site, full of passion and lots of great, simple, original recipes. Lots of excellent information on his facebook page too.
Wild Man Wild Food – Wild Food guru Fergus Drennan’s fantastic site is full of great pictures, innovative uses of wild food and thoughtful musings on foraging as away of life.
Wilde in the Woods – Herbalist and all-round forager Monica Wilde’s thoughts, recipes and remedies, with some great insight into nutritional and medicinal uses of wild plants and fungi.
Wild About Britain – Fungi – A busy forum with lots of knowledgeable people happy to offer ID advice – but not edibility advice.
Rogers Mushrooms – The online version of the book mentioned above. Busy, helpful fungi forum, though quite international in flavour
The Mushroom Diary – A really nice, personalised blog by keen amateur mycologist John Harris on mushrooms edible and otherwise. The fact that John is not scientist makes for a very engaging, accessible style.
Forage London – Forager John Rensten’s lovely website has lotss of advice on plant ID and great recipes, with a slant towards urban foraging.
Miles Irving’s Blog – Sadly Miles (the author of The Forager’s Handbook) has only made two posts to date and seems to have abandoned this site. Nevertheless, both are serious and well considered posts, looking at the deeper relevance of foraging to people and planet. Well worth a look – more please!
Scottish Fungi Website of the Association of Scottish Fungi Groups, providing excellent information for those that wish to take their interest in fungi beyond “Can I eat this?”
Plants For A Future A superb database of edible and useful plants aimed at permaculture but with huge overlap with foraging
Nordic Food Lab This is essentially the not-for-profit research wing of Noma and the Nordic forage cuisine movement, researching wild food and new ways of eating. Their tagline is “Delineating the edible and inedible”. Cutting edge stuff.
Hunter: Gather: Cook Treehouse-dweller Nick Weston’s excellent site covers meat, plants, fungi, hunting, fishing and bushcraft. Lots of great in-depth articles and recipes
Kitchen Life Skills Tons of information and inspiration of wild food cookery on this beautiful site from Ireland.
Hunter-Angler-Gardener-Cook – I can’t resist sending over the pond to Hank Shaw’s wonderful, recipe-focussed site. It can be quite protein-heavy, but with loads of information and inspiration for foragers too.
Wild Food and Foraging Twitter Accounts
I know Twitter isn’t for everyone, but I love it. I find it a great way of keeping abreast of what people are finding around the country. It often inspires me to go out and look for something new or reminds me that something is coming into season. I also find tweeting foragers and wild food chefs/preservers very friendly and supportive. We are all on a journey of discovery. It is also really noticeable on Twitter how no two people forage in the same way or for the same reasons or for the same types of things.
I have specifically focussed on accounts that Tweet a lot about wild food – I follow many others who entertain and inspire me, but are less foraging-focussed. Please add your own recommendations in the comments section. All the websites listed above run Twitter feeds, so I haven’t replicated them here.
Oh yeah…and I tweet (a lot) as @markwildfood! I’m always happy to chat, and post regular updates of what’s appearing in my bit of the world, and what i’m doing with it.
@WildPickings Lovely atmospheric tweets and some inspiring wild cookery by Jade Mellor who sells foraged treats around Wales.
@GaryGoldie Former Scottish chef of the year Gary is a genuine foraging chef, deeply knowledgeable and with cooking skills to match. Lots of pictures of and passion for foraged ingredients throughout the seasons.
@AbsolutelyWild Great pictures and information on wild food throughout the year by a professional forager based in Hampshire.
@ForageFineFoods Great chat and craic from Liz Knight who makes little jars of stunning wild preserves with a child on either hip!
@KnowWildFood Dylan Gordon is a student of anthropology in Toronto and post interesting tweets on the Canadian wild food industry and foraging in general.
@LadybirdFi Lots of chitter, wild food pictures and entertaining rants from passionate food campaigner Fi Bird who lives on the Western Isles of Scotland, but travels widely inspiring children to engage with food. Eagerly awaited foraging book out soon.
@WhiteCatHerbal Forager/herbalist based in Glasgow sharing ideas and inspiration on wild food processing and cookery.
@mouseinthewood Woodsman Kris Mouse shares pictures and thoughtful blogs on his foraging.
@craiggrozier Chef Craig Grozier worked stages in some of the best kitchens in the world, before setting up his own private catering company Fallachan Dining in Glasgow. He is passionate and knowledgeable about using wild ingredients in very high-end cuisine.