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. Botany … 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

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

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