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Spring Forest & Hedgerow Foraging Walk A, Galloway, SW Scotland
6 March 2021A guided foray exploring the delicious, healthy and surprising array of edible plants, fungi and sap available in early Spring.
Spring Forest & Hedgerow Foraging Walk B, Galloway, SW Scotland
13 March 2021A guided foray exploring the delicious, healthy and surprising array of edible plants, fungi and sap available in early Spring.
Seasonal Tips from Mark
Winter Chanterelle - Edibility, identification, distribution.Winter chanterelles are a common, easy to identify and delicious mushrooms that can be picked in large numbers right through November and well into December. Here I look at 4 species that often get referred to as winter chanterelles: yellowlegs, golden chanterelle, ashen chanterelle and winter chanterelle
Clouded agaric - identification, distribution, edibilityA very common, large mushroom of late autumn, the clouded agaric is on of those awkward fungi that not everyone "gets on with". Never the less, it is well worth acquainting yourself with it as most late autumn forays will come across it.
Wood blewits - identification, distribution, edibilityWood blewits generally do not appear until there has been at least a light frost. This makes them doubly appealing as other top gourmet mushrooms can become scarce at this point in the season. And make no mistake - these are right up the top tier of the finest edible fungi.
Laver Seaweed - Edibility, Identification, DistributionLaver has no great flavour of its own, but imparts a rich, savoury, umami quality to anything it is added to. I have not found a single savoury dish that can't be improved by its addition and it is a cornerstone of my wild larder...
Pink Purslane - Identification, Distribution, EdibilityThis is a delightful, easy-to-come-by plant that can be cooked like spinach, added to stir-fries etc, but is at its best raw. I love to employ its earthy flavour in winter salads with pickled fish, beetroot and elderberry vinegar, though it works well as a mild "bulker" with sharper-tasting leaves in spring...
Sea Buckthorn - Identification, Edibility, DistributionThis is the most striking and delicious of all our UK berries in my opinion - once you get over their nose-scrunching acidity! They are exceptionally good for you, being rammed with antioxidants and vitamin C. They are mostly found coastally, but are starting to be introduced - or introducing themselves - to more inland locations...