Category: Foraging – Food for Free

We Love – Scurvy Grass

Well, maybe love is a bit of an exaggeration but this plant is plentiful at the moment and can add a kick to salads and pesto. This common coastal plant got its name from the fact that sailors used to salt it down to access the masses of Vitamin C […]

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We Love … Blackberries

Where to find blackberries? Everywhere! In woods, hedges and roadside verges, usually in a straggly clump with long branches snaking along the ground at trip height! The thorns can easily snag into clothing and the plants general wild habit makes the berries better foraged for rather than planted in the […]

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We Love … Hazel Nuts

You might think that this is a little early to be picking hazel nuts but; picked early in the season, when they’re still green, the shelled nuts make a tasty nibble to munch on while you’re out walking. If you collect enough, the shelled nuts can be roasted in the […]

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We Love … Wild Strawberries

Wild strawberries (Fragaria vesca) are another of those fabulous plants to forage for free but which are also well worth growing in your own garden. Also known as Alpine or woodland strawberry, these fruits are tiny but full of flavour ! When picking from the wild it is often hard […]

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We Love … Elderflower

Elder (Sambucus nigra), is a bit of a brute of a tree. It can grow tall and straggly, grows back fro a stump however hard you try to cut it back when removing one from a hedgerow, tends to accumulate dead patches and branches and the wood takes ages to […]

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We Love … Goosegrass

Goosegrass, as I knew it growing up in Lancashire or “sticky willy” as it is known here in The Borders, is a complete nuisance at the moment; sprawling over newly planted willow saplings in the woodland next to the house, threatening to encroach onto the borders and raised beds, sticking […]

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We Love … Honeysuckle

Well, of course we love honeysuckle! It looks incredible, grows well in the Scottish Borders and, especially on sunny spring evenings, honeysuckle flowers smells amazing. AND.. the flowers can be used to infuse a sweet, honey (obviously!) flavour into many dishes. Honeysuckle is really easy to identify and to find; […]

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We Love – Sweet Cicely

Sweet Cicely is an incredibly delicious and nutritious plant growing free in the hedgerows! Sweet Cicely is a tall herbaceous perennial plant which can grow up to 2m tall, though more likely to be around a metre tall. The leaves look like fern or bracken leaves and they smell – […]

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We Love – Sorrel

The name sorrel is used to describe several related plants. The name comes from the French for ‘sour’ (sœur), and it is true that the leaves, which are the edible part of the plant, have a sharp acidity. If you look on line for the names of the different varieties […]

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We Love … Dandelions

Yes, we love Dandelions! Every part of the plant is edible. A cup of dandelion leaves give you over 500% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K and over 100% vitamin A, and they are packed with vitamin C Dandelions are part of the sunflower family and up until […]

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