It’s mid-July and Smooth Sowthistle (Sonchus oleraceus) is cropping up everywhere at the moment. I skip out to my local patch to gather some of these tasty greens. Did you know that sowthistle contains as much antioxidants as blueberries! Yup, I just checked it out, they are an uber super food! [Read more…]
I’ve been pining to return to Laos recently. I left some good friends in the forest there, and I miss them. They taught me things about plants that I will never forget. Simple humble folk who knew the forest in such a deep, intimate way that I felt that I knew nothing. I suppose experiences like that keep me humble. The more I know, the less in fact I do. This recipe is for Pon, one extraordinary human being, whose feet I could have sat at for years learning his plant knowledge. [Read more…]
Food and medicine exist all around us if we have the eyes to see. During this 3 hour London Wild Medicine course, Alex Laird (one of Britain’s most experienced medical herbalists) and Robin Harford (a leading light in the foraging community) will show you the “medicine at your feet”. Forget about buying overpriced herbal remedies from a shop, there is nothing more healing than learning the many uses as food and medicine of the graceful plants that have co-existed with humans for hundreds of years to help heal body, mind and spirit… Read more.
This Edible Seaweed course runs from 11.30am to 2.30pm, and will cover safety, nutrition, history and the numerous ways that you can start bringing seaweeds into your life.
In this interview Craig Holdrege director of The Nature Institute discusses how the methodology of Goethean Science can enhance our ability to observe and experience plants and guide us into a whole different way of knowing and understanding the plant kingdom. [Read more…]
Rummaging around in my very empty fridge, I chanced upon some renegade potatoes. “What are you doing in there?” I asked quizzically. The reply was they made themselves lie beside the illustrious Sea Purslane (Atriplex portulacoides) because they thought they would be a nice fit. In a word a big hint to combine them, and so I did with the results being “not bad” for such a simple wild food dish. [Read more…]
I often refer to Sea Aster (Aster tripolium) as “Queen of Saltmarshes & Estuaries”. She is one of the most delicious wild greens out there. OK that’s Robin’s opinion, but whenever I serve her up the reaction is usually one of delight. Her flavour is one that must be experienced and she can often be found growing alongside Marsh Samphire aka Glasswort (Salicornia europaea). So grab your wellies, and head to your nearest estuary or salt-marsh for a gourmet wild delight! [Read more…]
Sea Purslane (Atriplex portulacoides) has a gorgeous, salty leaf with a nutty crunchiness to it. I remember about five years ago I took a young family down to the estuary, and one of the children who hadn’t eaten their greens in a couple of years, sat for 20 minutes chomping down on the leaves. They said that they were very similar to salted crisps, and so Sea purslane became “The Salty Crisp Plant” to this youngling. What better way to engage children with the wild, than to allow them to graze in situ. [Read more…]
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) has always intrigued me. Her smell is heady and intoxicating, which is hardly surprising considering that she contains thujone, a psychotropic, although in very small quantities in Tansy. Thujone can be found in Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) which is found in high concentrations in absinthe, a drink that Van Gogh was partial too and made him paint vivid pictures before finally chopping off his ear in a spate of madness. His death being attributed to his absinthe addiction. [Read more…]
I’ve been meaning to make a Pendulus Sedge (Carex pendula) recipe, and while gathering the seeds which are so easy and quick to do, the idea for this Wild Gomasio sprung to mind. This is the result, and one I am glad I discovered. Use as a salt sprinkle replacement on eggs, salads, fish, roasted vegetables etc. [Read more…]