Frequently Asked Questions
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FAQs - Wild Food Plants
Are wild plants safe to eat?

Yes, as long as you take basic precautions and are sure of your identification.

Are wild food plants nutritious?

Yes!  They are a good source of vitamins and minerals.

Rose Hip syrup contains more vitamin C than orange juice, for example.

Are wild food plants related to domestic food plants?

Often they are the wild ancestors of our common fruits, vegetables and grains.  All the many members of the cabbage family are derived from the Wild Cabbage.

Are wild food plants tasty?

Yes, many are – though it is a matter of personal preference which ones you like.

Are there rules and regulations about gathering wild food plants?

Yes.  Plants on private land belong to the owner, so you need permission to gather them, and some edible plants are protected because they have become rare.

What about conservation?

Only common plants should be gathered, leaving at least a few to grow on, and generally the roots should be left so that the plants can regrow.

Can you tell which plants are poisonous by their colour, taste or smell?

Sorry, it is not that easy – though some do have a distinctive smell or taste, others do not and you cannot tell anything from colour.  The cardinal rule is, if you are not sure, don’t eat it.

Seasonal Foods

Summer 2016

June was one of the wettest on record. July was cooler than average but quite dry. August is hotter so far but dry. Plants have responded by growing fast but fruit has not matured as quickly as might have been expected. There was an early flush of edible mushrooms in June, Parasols in particular, but not much thereafter. Should the weather turn wet, look out for Boletus edulis, (Ceps or porcini). There is every chance of them appearing soon.

Our Foraging Courses begin soon. The first are two Taster Days on Saturday the 27th of August and Sunday the 28th, these will be in Surrey and are intended to be an introduction to foraging for beginners. We will hold two more Taster sessions later on in Essex on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of October. The cost is £25 per person for each session.

Foraging 2016

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Dates & Venues

Wild Harvest Day Course New Forest

Come join us on one of our courses in the wonderful English countryside for a day of foraging, identifying, cooking and fun...