Foraging

Foraging is fun, easy and a good way of supplementing food for the table for free. There is so much natural food available each year, and aside from the small amount eaten by insects, birds and mammals, much of it goes to waste.

There are many wild growing plants that are edible and nutritious. Take a look through our list to find some wild food that is easy to recognise for beginners.

      Blackberry       Crab Apple       Dandelion

Blackberry                       Crab Apple                       Dandelion

      Daisies       Elderberry       Goose Grass

          Daisies                         Elderberry                        Goosegrass

      Hazelnuts              Stinging Nettle

Hazelnuts                      Hedge Garlic                    Nettles

      Red Clover       Rosehips       Sloes

Red Clover                     Rose-hips                           Sloes

      Sweet Chestnuts              Wild Strawberry

              Sweet Chestnuts                Wild Garlic                 Wild Strawberry

Always forage responsibly. It is illegal to uproot wild plants without the landowner’s permission, but you do have a right to gather leaves, fruit and stems from plants on public rights of way. Always ask the owner’s permission to forage on private land.If you want to eat wild foods, then it is important that you know exactly what you are picking. Leaves, roots and berries of some plants are poisonous, so treat foraging with caution unless you are sure what you have is safe to eat.

Remember! It is important to test out your tolerance slowly to plants you have never eaten before.