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 and Countryside Act, click here.
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 hips would be a little like saying “don’t eat apples” because their seeds contain cyanide
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 small sample of it, you do not know how your body will react. This isn’t