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Wild Food Business Training Programme
29 March 2019A unique and fully funded opportunity to take part in this specialist Wild Food Business Training Programme for businesses and entrepreneurs in the Forth Valley and Lomond Leader area.
Spring Forest & Hedgerow Foraging Walk, Glasgow
30 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. Mugdock Country Park Visitor Centre, G62 8EL
Seasonal Tips from Mark
Wild garlic/Ramsons - Edibility, Identification, Distribution, RecipesAlong with wood sorrel, wild garlic has been at the forefront of the renaissance in wild foods in recent years. It isn't hard to work out why: it is easy to find, delicious, and fairly straightforward to identify. In most areas of the UK, there is absolutely no need for anyone who lives anywhere near a park, woodland or shady riverbank to spend a single penny on spring onions between February and July.
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