The Forager’s Toolkit – Essential Equipment and Tools You Need for Wildcrafting

Having the correct equipment and tools can be of great help when foraging or wildcrafting plants for food and medicine. Here is the list of the books: Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants of Britain and Ireland Botany in a Day Pocket Guide to Wildflower Families A Botanist’s Vocabulary Francis Rose Wildflower Key Harrap’s Wildflowers Here is the list of tools and equipment: Linen bags Gathering basket Loupe/eyeglass Fiskars secateurs Taylor’s

How to Identify Hemlock Water Dropwort

People have died from eating all parts of Hemlock water dropwort. Is it Hemlock or Cow Parsley? Hemlock water dropwort is a member of the Apiaceae (Carrot) family. Which contains some very toxic plants. It is considered the most toxic plant growing in Britain. It contains a powerful neurotoxin called oenanthetoxin, which triggers spasmodic convulsions, usually followed by sudden death. Height: Tall and robust up to 1.5 metre. Leaves: 3

How to Prepare Edible Alexanders Flower Stems

A short video explaining how to use the flower stems as food. Few people use the flower stems, but it is most probably the tastiest and mildest part to eat. Further Reading Alexanders – A Foraging Guide to Its Food, Medicine and Other Uses

Acorns In An Era of Climate Change

In this video, Marcie Mayer takes your around her oak farm in Greece and shows you behind-the-scenes how acorns are being used as food. Acorns are a gluten-free, high nutrient food source we need to pay attention to, especially in an era of climate change. As food security becomes more and more fragile, they could be part of the solution to feeding the country. If stored correctly (which Marcie talks

Acorns: A Forgotten Superfood

The use of acorns go back into the mists of time. An ancient food that unfortunately these days is sorely neglected. Marcie Mayer is an extraordinary acorn pioneer and has devoted her life to harvesting, processing and researching acorns. As a superfood, acorns meet many of our food challenges in the 21st century. However, even though oak trees are abundant in so many countries, acorns have been forgotten and have

Dulse Seaweed As Food and Medicine

Traditionally dulse was harvested after it had been washed three times in the May floods. In folk medicine, dulse was used to treat parasitical infections, relieve constipation and treat scurvy.

Traditional Use of Hottentot Fig

Carpobrotus edulis has a good, balanced nutritional profile. The succulent leaves are a strong antioxidant. They can be pickled but can be astringent if harvested incorrectly. The juice is antiseptic. Hottentot fig has been shown to have anti-neuronflammatory properties, and may add to the improvement of cognitive functions. The fruit has a sourish taste. Eaten raw, preserved, dried and as a jam. It also makes an extraordinary syrup. In South

Yarrow as a Traditional Herbal Remedy

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) grows everywhere, in the grass, in meadows, pastures, and by the roadside. The whole plant, stems, leaves and flowers, collected in the wild state, in August, when in flower. It is diaphoretic, astringent, tonic, stimulant and a mild aromatic. Yarrow tea is a good remedy for severe colds, useful at the beginning of fevers. Linnaeus recommended the bruised herb, fresh, as an excellent vulnerary and styptic. It is also used