Foraging in Spring, for food in the wild, is a fantastic way to bulk out your meals for free.
It’s also great exercise, great for connecting with nature and great for boosting your self-esteem. Start to discover the wealth of free food that’s just poking out of the ground, or dangling off a tree in your local area… if you only know what to look for!
Below is a list of the kinds of foods that are ready to find and pick during Springtime in the UK.
If you haven’t tried foraging before, why not just go for a walk around your local park or woodland and see if you recognise any of the plants or fungi that appear on this blog.
Take a tub or bag with you and make sure that you wash your foraged finds before you eat them.
Each item in the list is a link that will show you a description on Wikipedia, so that you may identify the food correctly before you pick and eat it.
Get Foraging in Spring!
|Birch Sap ● Bulrush ● Chickweed ● Cleavers ● Dandelion Root ● Gorse Flowers ● Ground elder ● Hairy bittercress ● Hop Shoots ● Jack-by-the-hedge ● Morel ● Nettle ● Oyster Mushroom ● Sweet Violet ● Velvet shank ● Wild Garlic|
|Borage ● Brooklime ● Bistort ● Carragheen ● Chickweed ● Cleavers ● Cow Parsley ● Dandelion Flowers & Root ● Dog Rose ● Fairy-ring Champignon ● Fat Hen ● Gorse Flowers ● Hawthorne leaves & blossom ● Hop Shoots ● Laver ● Mallow leaves ● Mint ● Morel ● Nettle ● Primrose ● Prunella ● Rosemary ● Sea Beet ● Sorrel ● St George’s Mushroom ● Sweet Cicely ● Sweet Violet ● Tansy leaves ● Watercress ● Wild Garlic ● Yarrow|
Identifying your foraged finds
Be safe when foraging, make sure that you are picking something edible and not something poisonous! It is a good idea to use a guide book or to research online before you go foraging. For example, try looking up each of the above on Wikipedia to find an accurate image and description.
I recommend the following books about foraging for free food – they help you to identify, harvest, prepare and preserve your findings:
My favourite is ‘Food for Free‘, because it is a pocket-sized guide that you can take out foraging.
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