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Is Field Horsetail Edible?

Is Field Horsetail Edible?

I have written this brief profile as a result of some confusion on social media as to whether Field Horsetail Equisetum arvense is edible. And to whether there could be a problem with consuming too much

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Tale of the Dandelion

Nasreddin and The Tale of the Dandelion

When I first encountered Dandelion intimately, I fell in love instantly. Out came my camera, and clicking through the countryside I went, taking snapshots of sunbursts. Only to return to my computer

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Mahonia Flowers

Here’s Why I Call This Plant ‘Angels Breath’

Each year I set the intention to gather pine pollen, and each year I miss the season. That’s one of the frustrations about foraging. With so many plants out there, sometimes there just isn’t enough

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Moken Sea Gypsies

Witnessing the Last Days of the Nomadic Moken Sea Gypsies

For the last few years I have taught on my plant courses about the Moken sea gypsies, and the extraordinary relationship they have with their environment. Little did I realise that I would ever get the

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Hawthorn Berries

Yuck, Spit, That’s Disgusting…

A week or so ago I mentioned that I was pondering what to do with hawthorn berries. Something a little different to the usual sweet dishes that they are used in usually. At the weekend while out with the

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Talking Trees

Listening to the Trees Talking

Over the weekend the anarchists came to stay. Who could imagine that a couple of wild urchins aged two and four years old could cause such chaos in my house. When I entered the living room arms brimming

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Burdock Roots

Getting Rooty With Burdock

I walked the valley this morning, watching as the mist slowly dispersed. I love the quiet of walking in mist, it brings back memories of walking after a snow-storm. Even though I am currently living in

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Rosehips

Funky Facts You Need to Know About Rosehips

I hope you are enjoying this Autumn with its beautiful colours, which to me is a delight to see at this time of year. I felt and smelt this seasonal shift long before the signs became visible to the eye. The

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Frank Cook Herbalist

This Forager Has a Lot to Answer For…

You may or may not know that I never intended to teach foraging. Back in 2008 I met a man called Frank Cook. Frank was extraordinary. Not only as a plant walker, but as a human being too. Much of what

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Guelder Rose Recipe

This Divine Wild Jelly Is An Absolute Must

Yesterday I told you about Guelder rose (Viburnum opulus), and my desire to make it into a jelly. Well last night I finished the recipe. As the jars where cooling down, I wondered whether I would simply

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