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Foraging in November – free food in the wild


Foraging for food in the wild is a fantastic way to bulk out your meals for free.

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Giant Puffball Mushroom

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
Happy Foraging!

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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