Himalayan Balsam – Impatiens glandulifera – food for free – Dave Hamilton

After finding out that Japanese Knotweed was edible (use the young shoots as you would rhubarb) I began a quest to find out what other invasive weeds could end up on the dinner plate. I came across a German man called Peter Becker who it seems shares some of my passion for eating invasive species.  Amongst other things he had found some edible uses for Himalayan Balsam, a plant which is choking [...]

July 15, 2013 // 10 Comments

Dave Hamilton

Dave Hamilton is a freelance writer, forager, garden tutor and garden consultant. His main work is as a garden writer and in this capacity he has written for (amongst others) BBC Gardener’s World Magazine, The Guardian and Grow Your Own. He co-authored the Self-Sufficient-ish Bible with his brother Andy and wrote the award winning book Grow Your Food For Free. In addition to garden writing he [...]

May 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

April foraging – Early Spring Wild food by Andy Hamilton

Winter is becoming like last night’s dream and any hazy reminders of its presence are starting to seem out of place. On seemingly dead wood once a tightly packed parcels have now opened to reveal their true nature, these little green miracles are growing with such vigour they are changing the landscape daily. It might be a hungry gap in the garden, but it is anything but in the hedgerow. It’s [...]

April 6, 2012 // 2 Comments

Wild food available in March – Early Spring Foraging – Andy Hamilton

I love this season as its a time when gardening, nature spotting, foraging and home brewing can all start in earnest. Its a time when food starts to appear, everywhere. Here are my favorite wild plants to expect in March almost anywhere in the UK and across much of North America. These foods were all found in Bristol, UK during March. Birch Sap The sap of the Birch rises throughout March in the [...]

March 20, 2012 // 7 Comments

Foraging for burdock and burdock recipes (Gobo recipes)

I see burdock as an old friend, it’s odd but just a peak of the leaves pocking out of the undergrowth can bring a smile to my face and as I see it I say (sometimes out loud) “ah Burdock”. Just as you might say, “Ah George, not seen you in a while”. Told you it was odd! It is perhaps as burdock is one of those plants that can’t help but have memories attached. [...]

July 11, 2011 // 7 Comments

Wild Food June – Dave Hamilton

June is one of the few times I like being English. It is a time for strawberries and cream, Wimbledon, the Glastonbury festival and weekend pagans drinking heavily at their local standing stones. It is a month where you want the rain for your garden but you don’t want it in the amount it can fall.  The May blossoms have died back but are replaced with the floral displays of Meadowsweet, the [...]

June 1, 2010 // 7 Comments

Japanese Knotweed as a food – By Andy Hamilton

Japanese Knotweed Fallopia japonica is a plant that can divide forages from allotmenteers. Many foragers love the stuff whilst allotmenteers dread seeing it. Why, you may well ask? Well it is because it is such a thug in fact to call it a thug is to play down its perniciousness. This weed is more like a guerrilla force than a thug, in the plant kingdom this stuff makes mint, brambles and couch [...]

March 30, 2009 // 2 Comments