From Drug Addiction to Wild Wellbeing

How I got into plants, or how I came back to plants, really, was that I had a digital publishing company up until 2004. I was working seven days a week, 15-hour days. I didn’t see my daughter grow up. I didn’t see the seasons. And I basically broke down It was hardcore. It was kickboxing every single day in those early years of the internet. I realised that I

How To Safely Eat Sea Arrowgrass

IMPORTANT: Since this post was published, new information has come to light on the safety of eating sea arrowgrass. Please read the comments below. What we are looking at here is a plant called Sea Arrowgrass (Triglochin maritima). It’s common names are coriander grass or wild coriander, because it actually tastes just like coriander. The bits that we are looking for are the very young flower shoots coming through with

How to Make A Delicious Pine Oil

Important Update Some folk are little concerned about possibly getting food poisoning from this recipe. The advice is to keep plants in oil no longer than three weeks and in the refrigerator. This is somewhat open to debate, and there have only been 33 recorded cases of food-borne botulism in England and Wales since 1989. Read Clostridium botulinum & Vegetables in Oil. Down here in Devon this weekend, the weather

Japanese Rosehip : Uses & Identification of Rosa rugosa

A quick video showcasing the exquisite culinary use for Japanese Rosehip ( Rosa rugosa). Rosehip Resources: Funky Facts You Need To Know About Rosehips Rosehip Soup Recipe With Roasted Chilli & Smoked Tofu Rosehip Vinegar Rosehip Syrup Recipe

Is It Hemlock or Cow Parsley

Hemlock or Cow Parsley? Think you know? Watch this video and take some time to see if you can tell the difference. In this video I reveal the answer, along with numerous photos to illustrate the plants. But first I want to make a few things very clear to you, and also about my own way of teaching the edible weeds that surround us… Firstly, for me foraging is not about being afraid of

On Sea Kale Root

? A short video of Robin Harford on the delights & virtues of sea kale (Crambe maritima) root.

Sandor Katz Remembers Frank Cook

?? Ever since I met Frank Cook back in 2008, I’d always wanted to interview his friend, Sandor Katz. The two of them were good friends and conducted workshops together. In this short video Sandor talks about his friendship with Frank, and the ways they were exploring wild foods and wild fermentation… “My name is Sandor Katz. I am the author of a book called Wild Fermentation and another book

Wild Food Foraging & The Idler Lifestyle

? Tom Hodgkinson is editor of The Idler and best selling author of How to Be Idle & How to Be Free. Last weekend I managed to grab him for a quick interview to talk about the idler lifestyle and the benefits of wild food foraging. Watch the video or if you like to read, then you’ll find the transcript below… Tom: Before I met you Robin, I had only

Frank Cook On Nettle

? Frank Cook (internationally renowned edible wild plant expert) discusses the importance of Nettle (Urtica dioica) as food and medicine. Photo credit: Sassafras Krause Frank gives us a fascinating insight into the many uses of Nettles, and the why it needs to become the national food of England. The nutritional profile of this fantastic plant is impressive… Further reading: Traditional and Modern Use of Stinging Nettle Nettle Nutritional Profile (calculated

Frank Cook On Blackcurrant

? Internationally renowned edible wild plant expert Frank Cook continues his gentle amble around the Dartington Forest Garden and talks about the importance of Black Currant (Ribes nigrum). Photo credit: Plants and Healers International Although most folk might think Black Currant is a cultivated plant, it is in fact native and can be found wild in Britain, usually in fens and wet woods. If you have a garden, then Black