How to make Diodgriafel 

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…or how to make wine with wild yeast In Wales, recorded in 1802, poor people would “make a drink called Diodgriafel by infusing [rowan] berries in water”. In 1798, John Evans writes that… Read More

Green Sweet Cicely Seed Sweets

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How to make sweet cicely seed brittle, a form of boiled sweet, and mukhwas, a foraged wild take on Indian sugar coated fennel seeds. Sweet cicely (Myrrhis odorata) is found… Read More

Spruce Pine Honey

I love the fresh growth on pines, spruce and larch and make fresh, citrussy-pine needle teas from the young needles. I also adore this spruce ‘honey’ (a pouring pine syrup),… Read More

Hedge woundwort on the midge battlefield

Hedge woundwort (Stachys sylvatica)

Early June and the midges are out. I suddenly noticed this when I walked into a sylvan glade in the woods. It was so beautiful. The brilliant sunshine dapples by the shade of… Read More

Do dock leaves really work?

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The question I’m always asked on my foraging walks when talking about the common broadleaf dock is “Do dock leaves really work?”, “Do dock leaves work on nettle stings? or “Why… Read More

Sea Buck’s Fizz Recipe

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A classic twist on a Buck’s Fizz – that traditional mix of orange juice and champagne – the Sea Buck’s Fizz is a lovely sweet/sour, sherbet, fizzy drink guaranteed to get… Read More

Spruce Pine Honey

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I love the fresh growth on pines, spruce and larch and make fresh, citrussy-pine needle teas from the young needles. I also adore this spruce ‘honey’ (a pouring pine syrup),… Read More

The Association of Foragers

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Last year (2015) the Association of Foragers was founded. I’ve been asked several times where the idea came from. How so many professional foragers (teachers and suppliers), all so very… Read More

Learn how to forage for wild food

I’m often asked if foraging is hard to learn. “With so many plants and fungi out there will I remember them all? Could I poison myself?” The week that you… Read More