Foraging 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 as you 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 short list of the kinds of foods that are ready to find and pick in November, 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.
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 exploring each of the below on Wikipedia to find an accurate image and description.
Foraging in November:
Blewit Cauliflower fungus Cep Chanterelle Chestnuts Chickweed Cowberry fruits Dandelion root Fairy-ring Champignon Field mushrooms Giant puffball mushrooms Gorse flowers Hawthorne berries Hazelnut/Cobnuts Hedgehog fungus Honey fungus Hops Horse mushroom Jelly ear Navelwort Oyster mushroom Rose hips Saffron milk cap Shaggy cap Sweet chestnuts Velvet shank Walnut Wood sorrel
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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