EP22: Foraging The Future, Sustainability & Vital Connection

An interview with Miles Irving, author of the Forager Handbook and creator of The Wild Box, on why we must include humans in our conservation models in order to look after wild spaces. Why foraging is sustainable. How foraging can help feed an ever growing population, and how we can restore our vital connection to Land. Listen To This Podcast Prefer To Read The Interview? Click here Subscribe To The

EP21: From 19th Century Famine Potherb to 21st Century Hipster Food

The edibility of plants has been discussed in old herbals and economic handbooks since the origins of written language. Inventories of wild edible plants were often created in the hope of alleviating famine and finding new sources of food. Nineteenth and early 20th-century ethnography documented the use of wild foods in order to preserve traditions, but the memory of famine always lingered in these sources. In this, Kew’s 19th Annual

EP20: When A Poisonous Buttercup Becomes Edible

Over the years as I have wandered further down the Green Path, one name has kept consistently cropping up in ethnobotanical circles. That person is Lukasz Luczaj, associate professor and head of the Department of Botany at the University of Rzeszow, Poland. I’d always wanted to meet and interview him. It was self-evident to me that his depth of knowledge of wild edible plants was, quite simply, extraordinary. His pet

EP19: The Future of Farming is Foraging

Food pioneers Martin Godfrey and Sara Melendro from Hilltown Organics are revolutionising how we farm. Incorporating wild edible plants into their polyculture farming systems, they grow high-nutrient food plants that are sold at farmer’s markets. According to soil scientists, their revolutionary farming practices have produced some of the richest soil found anywhere in the UK. Besides running their own organic market garden, Hilltown Organics; Sara and Martin are also members

EP18: The Wild Art of Fermentation

Fermented foods are a delicious and rich source of nourishment. The fermentation process can transform the flavour of food from the plain and mundane into delicious flavours enlivened by colonies of beneficial bacteria and enhanced micronutrients. In this episode I talk with former plant biochemist Viola Sampson turned “fermentation passionista” on the benefits of wild fermented foods. Listen To This Podcast Subscribe To The Podcast Apple/iPhone users subscribe on iTunes Android

EP17: Busted By The Cops For Picking A Dandelion

Notorious New York vegan forager Steve Brill was busted by the cops for picking a dandelion. In this interview along with his 12 year old daughter, the father and daughter double-act discuss their foraging antics around New York. While revealing how to craft delicious vegan cuisine from their foraged finds. Including some highly creative ways to use wild edible plants. Listen To This Podcast Subscribe To The Podcast Apple/iPhone users subscribe

EP16: Herbalists Without Borders Choose Love Over Fear

I was delighted to finally get Becs Griffiths and Annwen Jones. Two members of the collective who organised the Radical Herbalism Gathering, to agree to an interview. This time however I was interested in their new venture called Herbalists Without Borders (Bristol). A cracking example of grassroots herbal medicine which provides free herbal healthcare to people fleeing conflict, persecution, and intolerable living conditions. They are now officially my 2017 herbal

EP15: The Handmade Apothecary

In this episode I talk with two amazing herbalists about why we need to build ‘health resilience’ using herbal medicine, in an age of NHS cuts and a national health crisis. When is the best time to self-medicate, and when should you visit the doctor? Why modern medicine isn’t always evil, and what our grandparents could have taught us about how plants, herbs and other foods can empower us. There

EP14: Why The Balsam Bashers Might Be Wrong

In this episode I discuss with Pete Yeo from Future Flora why invasive plants may actually be good for the environment. Does the science stack up in favour of balsam bashing? As Pete says “What reductionist science would call an opportunist or invader, a more holistic worldview might call a Gaian first responder. Put another way, one person’s weed is another’s wisdom.” There is a transcript of this episode underneath

EP13: Absinthe Alchemy

I’d like introduce you to one of the world’s foremost absinthe experts, and the first person who was able to authentically reproduce the premium quality absinthes from the 19th century. In this latest Eatweeds podcast, T.A. Breaux aka Ted B, takes you on an amazing journey in search of the obscure, the overlooked and forgotten history and stories of this outcast spirit… the episode could well have been called  “Absinthe Debunked”,

EP12: Passion Potions

Many moons ago I met two awesome ‘herbalistas’ called Karen and Fiona at the first Radical Herbalism Gathering (RHG). RHG is definitely a weekend I recommend you get to, if you like earthy herbalists who talk about real issues rather than just how to make your face look pretty with plants! Back then Karen and Fiona where known as the Witch Doctors, but recently they have been joined by the