Vitamin C Loss and Rosehips

The following is an extract from a report on Vitamin C loss in cooked Rosehip syrup, by the British Medical Journal dated May 2, 1942. “Recently Meiklejohn and Stewart (Biochem1. J., 1941, 35, 761) described a more accurate method of measuring ascorbic acid in foods, but Dr. C. P. Stewart has informed me that his … Read more

Why People Fear Eating Wild Food

The following is an extract taken from Stephen Harrod Buhner’s classic book on the direct perception of Nature called The Secret Teachings of Plants. This is a must-have book for anyone with a passion for the land and the wise green beings we share it with. One of our greatest fears is to eat the … Read more

When Is The Best Time To Harvest Seaweed?

I’m often asked when the best time to harvest seaweed is. It is important that you do not harvest a seaweed during its reproductive phase. This varies on a species to species basis. Rotating harvest areas is thought to be the least damaging to the ecosystem and allows seaweed stands to recover faster. Harvesting seaweed … Read more

How to Process Acorns

Everyone has their own method of processing acorns to make them edible. However, the method used is usually a variation of each other. Here is my preferred way to process acorns. Pour boiling water onto whole shelled acorns and allow to soak for a few hours, then strain off the water (this removes the tannins). … Read more

Top Plant Identification Books For Foragers

I am often asked which edible wild plant identification books I recommend. There isn’t a specific edible wild plant ID book available for the UK, so you are left with using wildflower plant ID guides instead. Most wild food books only give cursory plant ID specifics and generally not enough to ensure absolute certainty. Foragers’ … Read more

In Memory of Frank Cook 1963-2009

I am deeply saddened by the news that Frank Cook (plant teacher and herbalist) died on Wednesday, 19th August 2009. I met Frank Cook while filming him in September 2008, that meeting and numerous email exchanges had a life-changing impact on me. His gentleness and depth of plant knowledge was truly inspiring, and it was via … Read more

Interview With Miles Irving

Miles Irving popped round to my house with his family for a ‘cuppa’ on his way back from Cornwall the other day. I managed to persuade him to take 10 minutes out and give me an interview. Listen as this master forager discusses his outlook on wild foods and foraging and then goes on to … Read more

The Forager Handbook – A Review

A couple of weeks ago I was sent a review copy of The Forager Handbook by the publisher, and I sat down to give it some attention. I didn’t get beyond the first few chapters before I realised that here was a book that rivaled Mabey’s Food For Free and personally I feel it surpasses it.

Are There Any Poisonous Seaweed In Britain & Ireland?

I often get asked if there are any poisonous seaweed around Britain. From my own research, I discovered that Desmarestia is the only poisonous seaweed that you should leave well alone. However, I wanted to double check my own knowledge against that of a world-class expert. So I went and asked Professor Michael Guiry, Director … Read more

Edible Cherry Plum

Click here to get the Eatweeds newsletter each week, read by 8000+ foragers, herbalists and plant lovers. Zillah and I were up in London the past few days visiting family and friends and doing a bit of ‘business’, talking and meeting people who are at the cutting edge of community healthcare using food and plants … 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