The Food, Medicine and Folklore of Wild Plants

A celebration of the top fifteen edible and medicinal wild plants found in June, July and August.

It’s a comprehensive exploration into their past and present uses as food and medicine, including their forgotten folklore.

An invaluable addition to any forager, herbalist, gardener, horticulturist or naturalist’s library, providing plant-lovers with a much-needed resource to understanding nature’s most useful wild plants.

It covers brambleburdock, chickweed, elder, fat hen, lime/linden, mallow, meadowsweet, mugwort, oxeye daisy, rosebay willowherb, samphire, sea aster, selfheal and yarrow.

Inside this comprehensive reference, you’ll:

  • Discover the traditional and contemporary food and medicine uses of wild plants.
  • Learn their folklore and stories.
  • Includes delicious recipes.
  • Each plant is beautifully illustrated with a black and white Victorian botanical print.
  • Know which part of the plant to use.
  • When the best time to harvest is.
  • Nutritional profiles for each plant are covered.
  • Safety notes – what you need to know if pregnant or on medication.

Rediscover our forgotten plant heritage

Plants have stories, stories that reconnect us to the Land and the rest of Nature.

As our society evermore disconnects, there is a revivalist movement flourishing like a rhizome. This ancient path of the forager reconnects us to the vital, to wildness, to creation, to what is in effect the very pulse of life itself.

One of the most direct ways to experience this is to consume this wildness. Take it into our bodies, where like a sleeper agent, it lies dormant until you have eaten enough to change the structure of your blood, thereby changing your brain and how you relate to the non-human world.

For it is this simple act. The act of taking wild food and medicine into our body, that in time becomes so transformative.

Forage in Summer is not a harking back to some naive, romantic vision of how we might once have lived. Instead, these plants’ stories are a way to help you sense into the future and understand our ecological function (as a species) within the world.

What previous customers have said…

“The scope, scholarship and references make these notebooks a brilliant resource and a source of constant pleasure. Thank you.” – Lynne Friedli

“I have just started reading your wonderful notebooks. I have a small amount of knowledge and find your extensive writings absolutely absorbing.” – Mandy Conway

“I’m loving all the notebooks! Fascinating histories of medicine, folklore, cookery.” – Angela Goddard

“An incredible asset to my foraging education!” – Liza Jasmina Stirling

“I’ve often heard people say they wish they could download Robin’s brain and I think this is the closest we’re going to get! The community and resources don’t disappoint. They are a real blessing.” – Adam Reeve

“My love of the plants and my interaction with them was given a massive boost by your knowledge. Your enthusiasm for the world around us is infectious, thank you.” – Pip Martin

About the Author

Robin Harford is a plant forager, ethnobotanical researcher and wild food educator.

He established his wild food foraging school in 2008, and his foraging courses were recently voted #1 in the country by BBC Countryfile.

He is the creator of, which is listed in The Times Top 50 websites for food and drink.

Robin has travelled extensively documenting and recording the traditional and local uses of wild food plants in indigenous cultures, and his work has taken him to Africa, India, SE Asia, Europe and the USA.

He regularly appears on national and local radio and television. He has been recommended in BBC Good Food magazine, Sainsbury’s magazine as well as in The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph etc.