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!