Most people can easily recognise mussels, but not many harvest and eat them from the wild. This is largely due to fears over pollution and poisoning. While it is true that all filter feeders should be treated with caution, a little care and effort will minimise the risk and allow you to enjoy this superb wild food.
Catching and eating razor clams, or spoot clams as we call them in Scotland is pretty much the most fun you can have with your clothes on. Here is the lowdown on where, when and how to catch them – and what to do with them when you do…
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.