If you’re looking for a way to turn your outdoor walks into a delicious adventure, then look no further than the wild edibles of the UK. From common plants to more unusual varieties, our green and pleasant land is full of tasty treats.
To ensure you forage safely and responsibly, it is essential to learn which plants are safe to eat, and how best to prepare them. Here’s our guide to common and safe plants to forage in the UK.
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.
Take only what you need, making sure you leave plenty for birds and other wildlife.
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.
Foraging for wild edibles can not only provide you with delicious meals but also increase your connection to nature. So next time you’re out for a walk or hike, keep an eye out for these common wild edibles in the UK