EP26: Herbalism With Attitude

It’s round two with the Seed Sistas. Britain’s most irreverent herbalists. For the past few years, they have been making waves in the plant community. Overthrowing the colonialism that has turned herbalism from something we all used to do, into a profession where you’d think you need a PhD just to touch a plant! Colourful, … Read more

Fat Hen – A Foraging Guide to Its Food, Medicine and Other Uses

In This Issue Scientific NameFamilyBotanical DescriptionStatusHabitat and DistributionParts Used for FoodHarvest TimeFood Uses of Fat HenFat Hen RecipesNutritional Profile of Fat HenHerbal Medicine Uses of Fat HenOther UsesCautions Fat hen has been used in food and medicine since ancient times. It was among the commonest wild ‘spinach’, and was eventually replaced in cooking after the … Read more

Guelder Rose Shrub Drink

For ages, I have been experimenting with making wild shrubs. A shrub is a cider vinegar drink popular in the 1920s during the prohibition period in the USA. However, its history goes back into the mists of time. In the 15th century, a shrub was a medicinal drink, which is why I am keen to … Read more

Ground Elder – A Foraging Guide to Its Food, Medicine and Other Uses

In This Issue Scientific NameFamilyBotanical DescriptionStatusHabitat and DistributionParts Used for FoodHarvest TimeFood Uses of Ground ElderGround Elder RecipesNutritional Profile of Ground ElderHerbal Medicine Uses of Ground ElderOther UsesCautionsBibliography Medieval monks cultivated ground elder as a medicinal plant, but it later earned a reputation of a nuisance weed thanks to its rapid growth. Is there any … Read more

EP25: Edible Acorns – The Forgotten Food

Acorns are a massive, under-utilised and forgotten food source. Join Robin Harford (your host) and Marcie Mayer (Europe’s foremost acorn food producer), as they explore the edible uses of acorns as a food and in cooking. Listen To This Podcast Subscribe To The Podcast Apple/iPhone users subscribe on iTunes Android users listen on Stitcher Radio Oakmeal Special … Read more

Oak – A Foraging Guide to Its Food, Medicine and Other Uses

In This Issue Scientific NameFamilyBotanical DescriptionStatusHabitat and DistributionParts Used For FoodHarvest TimeFood Uses of OakOak RecipesNutritional Profile of OakHerbal Medicine Uses of OakOther Uses of OakCautionsBibliography Oak is arguably Britain’s most beloved tree and can live up to 800 years. The fruit it bears – the acorn – has been popular as a source of … Read more

Guelder Rose or Crampbark – A Foraging Guide to Its Food, Medicine and Other Uses

In This Issue Scientific NameFamilyBotanical DescriptionStatusHabitat and DistributionParts Used For FoodHarvest TimeFood Uses of Guelder RoseGuelder Rose RecipesHerbal Medicine Uses of Guelder RoseOther UsesCautionsReferences Guelder rose is traditionally used to treat cramp, hence the plant’s common names ‘crampbark’ or ‘crampbush’.1 Scientific Name Viburnum opulus. Family Viburnaceae. Botanical Description Guelder rose bears fertile flowers that are … Read more

Pickled Rosehips

Rosehip – Its Food, Medicine and Other Uses You’ll learn the parts used as food and medicine, harvest time, recipes, nutrition and other ways humans use this amazing plant… Click here to find out more. Ingredients 2 cups of rosehips 1 cup of sugar ½ cup of cider vinegar 1 cup of water 6 juniper … Read more

Plant Talk Podcast

Join Robin Harford as he takes you on an audio journey exploring the past and present uses of wild plants as food and medicine. EP02: Alexanders EP01: Introduction

Acorns In An Era of Climate Change

In this video, Marcie Mayer takes your around her oak farm in Greece and shows you behind-the-scenes how acorns are being used as food. Acorns are a gluten-free, high nutrient food source we need to pay attention to, especially in an era of climate change. As food security becomes more and more fragile, they could … Read more

Acorns: A Forgotten Superfood

The use of acorns go back into the mists of time. An ancient food that unfortunately these days is sorely neglected. Marcie Mayer is an extraordinary acorn pioneer and has devoted her life to harvesting, processing and researching acorns. As a superfood, acorns meet many of our food challenges in the 21st century. However, even … Read more