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

Are Rose Hip Seeds Poisonous?

Question: I have read that rose hip seeds contain cyanide, is it truly safe to consume the tea with ground seeds? Some species of Rosaceae family do contain a small amount of cyanide. However, I can find no reference in any scientific journals stating that rose hip (Rosa canina) seeds are toxic. Not consuming rose … Read more

Edible Burdock Root Recipe

Burdock (Arctium) root is a tasty addition to a stir-fry. You can use either Greater Burdock (Arctium lappa) or Lesser Burdock (Arctium minus). IMPORTANT: When harvesting burdock root, make sure that you gather it only from first-year burdock. Second-year burdock is past its edibility prime and is not recommended as a foodstuff. Also, make sure … Read more

Himalayan Balsam Seed Curry Recipe

Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) has been eaten in India for hundreds of years. I first came across the reference in Sir George Watt’s six volume ‘A Dictionary of Economic Products of India’ 1889-1896. In it he mentions that the seeds are eaten, having a nutty flavour. In this recipe, my friend Chris Holland from Wholeland, … Read more

Blackberry Vinegar Recipe

Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) vinegar is fantastic added to salad dressings. It can also be used as a thirst quencher on a hot day, and is excellent as a hot drink when you have a cold or the flu. When you notice a cold looming, take 1 tablespoon of blackberry vinegar in a cup of hot … Read more

How to Dry & Store Rose Hips for Rose Hip Tea

Rose Hip Tea (Rosa canina) is so refreshing and packed with vitamins and minerals. A great hot Winter time drink. Delicately sweet, this is one of my favourites, and I consume it daily throughout the Dark Months. For rose hip tea, simply put 1-2 teaspoons of dried rose hips in a tea pot, let it … Read more

Frank Cook On The Pine Family

? In this short video Frank Cook (global wild food expert) discusses the many uses of the Pine Family both as a wild food, and medicinally. Did you know that worldwide there are more than 200 species of the Pine Family, and many of them have edible pine needles, and nuts (seeds). Frank reveals that … Read more

Foraging Safety Guidelines For Eating Wild Edible Plants

Today I’m going to be covering wild food safety and a simple “Tolerance Test” to make sure that your body doesn’t react adversely after you eat wild food plants. As my old mentor used to say: “Assume Nothing, Test Everything”. Even though you might have identified a plant with 150% certainty, until you eat a … Read more