Thursday, 19 January 2012

Foraging is Green

On a very personal note, I have always been an enthusiastic forager. I make blackberry jam and elderflower cordial form berries and flowers collected from the wild.

Thanks to Alys Fowlers’s Thrifty Forager book I have now taken foraging to new heights. I have masses of beautiful cuckoo flowers (or lady’s smock) in my front garden where I have left these ‘weeds’ in peace to lourish. Not only are they beautiful wildflowers and good for bees but now I know that they are edible to humans. The leaves have a tangy mustardy flavour. 

I am a forager – Alys is in the advanced foraging league! In times of austerity any free food is a good thing!

1 comment:

  1. I have a long prized copy of 'Food is Free' and foraging for food, herbs and even dye plants is a great way to save money and get to know your local woods and hedgerows. As a Christmas gift I got the River Cottage Hedgerow Handbook which offers more foraging tips.