Foraging for free 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 September, 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 looking up each of the below on Wikipedia to find an accurate image and description.
Foraging in September:
Beech nuts Bilberry Black mustard Blackberries Blewit Cauliflower fungus Cep Chanterelle Clover flowers Crab apples Dandelion roots Elderberries Fairy-ring Champignon Field mushroom Giant puffball mushroom Hawthorn berries Hazelnut/Cobnuts Heather flowers Hedgehog fungus Honey fungus Hop fruits Horse mushroom Inkcaps Jack-by-the-hedge Juniper Parasol mushroom Poppy Raspberries Rosehip Rowan berries Saffron milk cap Sea beet Shaggy cap Velvet shank Wild service tree Wild strawberry
I recommend the following books about foraging for free food – they help you to identify, harvest, prepare and then 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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