Frank Cook On Nettle

? Frank Cook (internationally renowned edible wild plant expert) discusses the importance of Nettle (Urtica dioica) as food and medicine. Photo credit: Sassafras Krause Frank gives us a fascinating insight into the many uses of Nettles, and the why it needs to become the national food of England. The nutritional profile of this fantastic plant … Read more

Frank Cook On Blackcurrant

? Internationally renowned edible wild plant expert Frank Cook continues his gentle amble around the Dartington Forest Garden and talks about the importance of Black Currant (Ribes nigrum). Photo credit: Plants and Healers International Although most folk might think Black Currant is a cultivated plant, it is in fact native and can be found wild … Read more

Gorse Flower Cordial Recipe

It was a cold and frosty late afternoon on December 30th when Zillah and I decided to go chasing Gorse flowers. Vibrantly bright, Gorse certainly isn’t a timid plant. I love to graze on Gorse flowers when I walk. The sweet nectar that hides itself away at the bottom of the bud trickles onto my … Read more

Frank Cook On Dock

? In this 2 part video series Frank Cook discusses the many uses of edible Dock (Rumex spp.) as wild food and herbal medicine. Dock (Rumex spp.) is part of the Buckwheat family (Polygonaceae). In the UK the two common species that you are likely to have come across are, Broad Leaved Dock (Rumex obtusifolius), … Read more

Dandelion Root Coffee Recipe

My wife came home the other day with a huge bag of dandelion roots which she plonked in the middle of the kitchen floor, smiling a huge smile. Dandelion coffee anyone? And so the washing, grinding and roasting began. Note: It is illegal to dig up roots without landowner’s consent.   Dandelion Root Coffee Recipe … Read more

Sorrel Soup

I went and picked Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) for this warming, tangy sorrel soup recipe. Sorrel is widely available, and can often be found on grassland and in hedges. For this recipe, I went along an old green lane at the back of my house and found a great cluster of these lemony tasting leaves. Sorrel … Read more

How To Collect, Dry & Store Dulse

Collect your dulse (Palmaria palmata) from a clean seashore. I collect my dulse off a beach which is MCS recommended. This means it has the highest water quality standards. Further reading: The Edible Seaweeds of Britain and Ireland Step 1 Make sure that you cut your dulse just above the holdfast, leaving a little bit … Read more

Frank Cook On The Buttercup Family

? As Frank Cook points out in this video there is a spectrum that plants lie on that ranges between Food-Medicine-Poison. Buttercup is in the Medicine-Poison section. Yet more gentle wisdom from this fascinating plant teacher. There are powerful medicinal members of this family (Ranunculaceae)  which includes Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa), Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) to … Read more

Frank Cook On A Plants Lifecycle

? A short video where Frank Cook talks about how to approach a plant depending on the type of plant part you are wanting to work with. – Roots: Deep hardy things, and medicines for deep chronic problems. – Stem: Structural support. – Leaves: Nutrients. – Flowers: Mental, emotional states. – Seeds: Are for the … Read more

Hawthorn Jelly Recipe

This is a lovely, simple hawthorn jelly recipe that you can have with cheese or meats. Make it now and you’ll be in time for giving it away as Christmas presents. If your celebrating is more earth-centric, then you’ll be in time for the return of the sun on December 21st. Enjoy this autumnal hawthorn … Read more

Protected Wild Plants

One of the off-shoots of eating wild food plants is the appreciation that comes for all the wild plants that cross your path on your foraging journey. Needless to say, you are not by law allowed to pick every plant that you find. For a complete list of protected plants as listed under the Wildlife … Read more