Hogweed shoots are my favourite vegetable in the Spring. They can be steamed but they truly come into their own when fried. I often just fry them in butter until… Read More
Is Common Hogweed Poisonous?
2020 update: the following is a quote of mine that I use when teaching people who come on my foraging courses. It brings a smile and helps people to understand… Read More
People often ask me what hogweed shoots taste like. It’s a hard question to answer as there is just no supermarket vegetable equivalent that I can think of. So hogweed… Read More
Edible Hogweed Seed
Early August is the best time to harvest hogweed heads for seed.
Common Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium)
A Taste Like None Other Of all the plants I eat, people are most suspicious of Common Hogweed Heracleum sphondylium. It’s got an undeserved reputation because of a sinister relative that… Read More
Easter Banquet featuring Venison in Elderberry and Hawthorn
To those of you who imagine that a forager’s fare is stark or unexciting, then think again. A fortuitous gift of venison (I love living in the country) turned Easter… Read More
Foragers Dió Pálinka aka Green Walnut Grappa
Green Walnut Grappa Adapted from a Dió Pálinka (Walnut Brandy) recipe that I tried in a Hungarian cellar at Somló – amongst many others!! Pálinka is traditionally a fruit brandy but… Read More