If you want to develop your knowledge of edible wild plants then spring is the time. Lots of interesting species begin their year’s growth and if you can spot them early and monitor their development you will gain a really good feel for how they grow. Things are also easier to spot at this time of year, before everything starts clambering, sprawling and entwining. Also, if you don’t catch some of these plants now, you will have to wait until next spring to have another go at them!
An exploration of the issues around american signal crayfish – a problematic “invasive” species that also happens to be delicious.
(Blogged in 2011)
I had all but given up on finding sea buckthorn in Galloway. Though it is fairly common around the UK, I had never seen a hint of it along our coast or around Arran where I grew up. Wild foods never fail to reward perseverance though and I finally stumbled on a small patch of it this weekend.
When learning to forage, it is more important to familiarise yourself with poisonous than edible species. Though truly dangerous species are much rarer than some people think, there is no room for complacency as there are a dozen or so seriously toxic plants and fungi that are common in the UK.
Wood sorrel is a very common and delicious woodland plant that packs a sour punch way beyond it diminutive size.