wild food

Winter foraging – Dave Hamilton

February 17, 2014 // 6 Comments

Winter foraging may seem a bit of a waste of time, surely nothing grows during the dark, wet days of winter.  It’s true that there is a lot less than at other times of the year but even on the coldest days something can be found, you just might have to look that little bit harder. Unlike other times of year I’ve found it best to keep an open mind about what I might want to pick that day. So, [...]

Sumac – Dave Hamilton

October 9, 2012 // 3 Comments

Stag Horn Sumac – Rhus typhina The Forager’s Lemon Staghorn Sumac makes a tasty lemonade. The small furry drupes form a larger structure called a panicle – picture by Dave Hamilton Sumac is one of those plants you may have seen a thousand times but never really realised it had an edible use. It’s not a truly wild plant in the UK but it does readily escape from gardens as [...]

Dave Hamilton

May 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

April foraging – Early Spring Wild food by Andy Hamilton

April 6, 2012 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

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

March 20, 2012 // 7 Comments

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 [...]

Foraging for burdock and burdock recipes (Gobo recipes)

July 11, 2011 // 7 Comments

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. [...]

Eating and drinking Japanese Knotweed by Andy Hamilton

March 14, 2011 // 35 Comments

Eating and drinking Japanese Knotweed Japanese Knotweed was first introduced to our shores as a garden plant in about 1825. It doesn’t form any viable seed in this country so it’s rather remarkable how much it has spread. It is said that there is some growing in every 10km grid square in the UK, a sobering statistic. Just like stinging nettles it spreads by the root (rhizomes) and a piece the [...]

Wild Food June – Dave Hamilton

June 1, 2010 // 7 Comments

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 [...]

Wild food in May – Late Spring Foraging – Food for free in May – Andy Hamilton

May 1, 2010 // 3 Comments

Andy Hamilton “Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire.” -   Virgil May certainly feels like the time when England has put its party clothes on with so many tree and plants in blossom. I think that May feels like that excitement before a party, the weather is hotting up, it is [...]

Nettle Beer – Andy Hamilton

October 29, 2009 // 5 Comments

Nettle Beer This is an easy recipe to follow and creates a delightful, if not usual tasting beer. It is very cheap to make and follows a traditionally english recipe. Before hops were widely used in the 17th century all sorts of plant were used to flavor the ale including nettles.(Urtica dioica). It was also thought to help alleviate rheumatic pain, gout and asthma. Nettle beer can still be [...]
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