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Cleavers / Spring / Summer / Autumn / Edible Everything you need to safely identify the edible and medicinal Cleavers or Sticky Weed (Gallium Aparine) before heading out to forage some. Scientific Name Gallium aparine Family Rubiaceae Also known as Clivers, “bort”, bedstraw, goosegrass, catchweed, stickyweed, stickybud, robin-run-the-hedge, sticky willy,…

Darwins Barberry (Berberis darwinii) How to Identify Darwins Barberry Edible Scientific NameBerberis darwinii FamilyBerberidaceae Also known asMmichay, calafate, and quelung. HabitatNative to southern Chile and Argentina and naturalized elsewhere. Moist shady woodland in the Patagonian mountains. Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Hedge; DescriptionIt is an evergreen thorny shrub growing…

GROUND ELDER (Aegopodium podagraria) How to Identify Ground Elder(Edible) Common namesGround Elder, Bishop’s Weed, Goutweed, Gout Wort, Snow-in-the-Mountain, English Masterwort, Wild Masterwort Botanical nameAegopodium podagraria Meaning of botanical nameFrom the Greek Aigos for “goat” and podo meaning foot. The second part of the name is Latin and is another reference…

HIMALAYAN BALSAM (Impatiens glandulifera) How to Identify Himalayan Balsam(Edible) Common namesHimalayan Balsam, Indian Balsam, Bobby Tops, Copper Tops, Gnome’s Hatstand, Ornamental Jewelweed, Policeman’s Helmet, Kiss-me-on-the-Mountain Botanical nameImpatiens glandulifera Meaning of botanical nameImpatiens is from the Latin for impatient, referring to how the seed pods burst open. Glandulifera means to have…

ROSEBAY WILLOWHERB (Chamerion angustifolim) How to Identify Rosebay Willowherb(Edible) Common namesRosebay Willowherb, Fireweed Botanical nameChamerion angustifolium Meaning of botanical nameThe first part, Chamerion, comes from the Greek words for low to the ground, chamai, and oldeander, nerion. Angustifolium is derived from Latin words for narrow, angustus, and leaves, folium. Known…

HAIRY BITTERCRESS (Cardamine hirsuta) How to Identify Hairy Bittercress(Edible) Common namesHairy Bittercress, Lamb’s Cress, Hoary Bittercress, Spring Cress, Flick Weed, Shot Weed Botanical nameCardamine hirsuta Meaning of botanical nameCardamine comes from the Greek Kardamon, meaning cress-like. Hirsuta means hairy, which is in references to the hairs on the leaves of…

Silver Birch (Betula pendula) How to Identify Silver Birch Edible Botanical Name:Betula pendula Known Hazards:The tar present in the bark of this tree has been recorded as causing skin irritation, there’s also reference to an insect that feeds on the sap of the silver birch leaves exuding a chemical called…

Hazel (Corylus avellana) How to Identify Hazel Edible Botanical Name: Corylus avellana Known Hazards: N/A Could be confused with: Other species in the Corylus family, of which are similarly used. Linden Tree (Tilia) which has a similar leaf structure but grows to a huge size and doesn’t produce hazel nuts…

The Prince/ Summer/ Autumn / Edible Common Name The Prince Botanical Name Agaricus Augustus Meaning of Botanical Name Augustus is refering to the month of August which is when these mushrooms appear. Family Agaricaceae Known Hazards None Known Could be confused with Agaricus Impidicus, which has a strong radishy smell…

How to Identify Bilberry Bilberries are Edible Botanical Name: Vaccinium myrtillus Known Hazards: The Plant has high tannin content and if eaten to excess can effect digestion. Avoid eating if taking anti-coagulating medication.   Could be confused with: Other Closely Related species in the Vaccinium Genus, Vaccinium uliginosum, Vaccinium cespitosum, Vaccinium…

This Sea Arrowgrass Stir Fry Recipe can be made with a plethora of wild ingredients from coastal goodies to inland vegetables & Seaweeds. However, the star flavour is the sea arrowgrass which has a beautiful coriander like flavour – and it can be found growing all around the UK coast…

Through this guide we’re going to take a look through the potential for Lacto Fermnting Wild Ingredients. The possibilities are endless and once you get started it just gets more exciting. When we begin to start foraging we find one or two exciting wild ingredients and try every recipe we…

Through this piece we’re going to join Forager Jane on discovering the ins and outs of Coastal Foraging in Norfolk. We need to be mindful Foragers when Coastal Foraging in Norfolk If the North Norfolk Coast was a parcel it would come with big red labels, saying, “Fragile”, “Handle with…

This Elderflower Eton Mess Recipe is a fantastic way to utilise the summers Elderflowers, and once they’ve dropped out of season, if you’ve made up some elderflower cordial or elderflower syrup then you can use that in the recipe too 🙂 Ingredients for Elderflower Eton Mess Recipe (enough for 4)…

This Nettle Energy Ball Recipe is incredibly simple and the energy balls you get are absolutely jam-packed with nutrients and minerals – the perfect thing for a mid-hike snack. Ingredients for this Nettle Energy Ball Recipe: 1 cup of rolled oats 1/2 cup of ground almonds (or other nuts/seeds of…

Elderberry & Nettle Seed Energy Balls An amazing wild energy ball recipes that will keep you going throughout your foraging excursions or bring some wild energy to the office Ingredients: 1 cup of rolled oats 1/2 cup of ground hazelnuts (or other nuts/seeds of choice or more oats) 1 1/4…

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