This is the face of pure joy 😂 Went mushrooming today again... can’t get enough of it! Ventured over the border to Wales and oh I was not disappointed! Spent the day with 3 amazing ladies amongst mossy trees🌲 Truly stunning woodlands...So many fly agarics! 🍄🍄🍄 .
Just need to say I picked this mushroom purely for art reference and a photo with it! I did not eat it, I am OK! 😂
🍄Oh. Oh wow ! I had the best mushrooming day with Nataliya @experienceukraine We found so many ❤️ I might have to have a mushroom Monday theme for quite a while! The best of all, there were some fly agarics that I managed to get a wee photo of in my trip jacket. What a magical day 🍄🍄🍄 Please, go and visit @experienceukraine, for beautiful, vintage Ukrainian textiles! Check her out ya!
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Preparations are now well under way for our river bank feast this weekend. Looking forward to cooking each of the dishes on our five course tasting menu which includes wild mushrooms, trout, crayfish and a meadowsweet panna cotta.
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Photo by @asaulyte
There's lots of edible common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) starting to grow this time of year. It's considered an amazing vegetable by lots of people including me, to me it tastes like carrots and dill with its own flavours mixed in. BEFORE YOU TOUCH THIS PLANT make sure you know what giant hogweed looks like because it can cause severe burns when you touch the plant / get the sap on your skin, I find them very easy to tell apart though, giant hogweed has very spiky maple shaped leaves but common hogweed has a triple pointed leaf at the top with many more leaflets going down the stem. You must do your own research on identification though don't just use this post! It took me a couple of months until I tried this plant because I was worried about giant hogweed but once I seen some videos and online posts about it I felt safe picking it. I find it all the time on field edges especially near water and also by the sides of paths. It can be found on roadsides or anywhere where the seeds end up landing really, it seems to really like growing under trees too. This plant is completely different to its lookalikes once you take notice to details , so study any plant carefully that you're worried about identifying wrong until you feel safe enough to pick it and never eat it unless you are 0% concerned and 100% confident. Happy foraging !! :-) #heracleum#heracleumsphondylium#commonhogweed#hogweed#gardening#garden#plants#plant#allotment#allotments#foraging#foragingEngland#foraginguk#foragefood#fungi#fungus#fungal#mushroom#shroom#shrooms#wildfood#wildfooduk#wild#nature # #vegan#vegandiet#vegans#vegansofig#vegansofinstagram#winter
WILD FOOD RECIPE - WILD GARLIC BREAD
Ingredients--Bread mix or flour, yeast and water, fresh basil leaves and fresh wild garlic leaves. I added rosemary to mine, add whatever herbs/additions you want. You will also need olive oil or other oils work too.
First add the flour to a mixing bowl, then chop up basil and wild garlic, I grind it with a mortar and pestle and also leave some pieces big for flavour. Add the herbs to the mixture and add 350ml water for every 200g of flour used. Now stir this round with a spoon as long as you can until it forms a dough, then pick the dough up and keep stretching and kneading it until its stretchy and tough. Put the bread mix into a bread tin or a baking tray then spread a thin layer of oil over the top of the bread, what this does is releases flavours from all the plants into the rest of the bread. Then leave the bread to rise for an hour, this makes the yeast form air bubbles in the bread, that's why there's little circles inside of the white part of breads. For my loaf I cooked it for 28 minutes. I advise you to use bread mixes from the shop or find a good recipe for bread online to put your wild garlic in because I'm not sure on all the measurements for the ingredients, but try out this recipe and if you do it please let me know how it went! "
YOUNG GROUND ELDER (Aegopodium podagraria) - Edible plant in the carrot family Apiaceae. Warnings: this looks similar to young giant hogweed which can burn you from touching it so before you touch a plant like this make sure the stem is green and hairless and you'll be safe. Bare in mind this is a young shoot so this looks slightly different to the mature plant, the top leaf will split and become three sharp points at the top, the lower leaves have one sharp point each facing to the left and the right. When you crush this plant and smell it, it releases a carrot aroma and you could compare it to dill, carrots, parsley or even common hogweed. It's a member of the carrot family like all the plants I just mentioned so they probably contain similar compounds. This plant was brought to the UK by the Romans because they used it a lot for food, the plant then spread throughout the whole country and its found almost world wide now. Medicinally ground elder can treat rheumatism, arthritis, disorders of the bladder and intestines, it can be a poultice for wounds, burns, stings, aching muscles and painful joints. This plant usually starts to grow in March but this year and last year all of the plants are popping up at random times, I found violets early and I found hogweed flowering in December, Ive seen quite a few early wildflowers too. I found this growing next to a river in a field, I hope you get to try this amazing food
COW PARSLEY (Anthriscus sylvestris) - Edible plant in the carrot and parsley family Apiaceae. Before thinking about eating this plant you must realise that it has a number of deadly poisonous lookalikes but they are very easily avoided if you pay attention to the features closely. This plant is the natural version of parsley so if you like parsley you will love this! But here's the differences between cow parsley and its lookalikes; Poison hemlock and fools parsley are 2 poisonous plants that look like this but if you make sure that your plant has all of these features it can only be cow parsley. Firstly cow parsley has a groove running all the way down the stem just like celery and the stem is in a U shape, poison hemlock stems are triangular with a groove running down it. Cow parsley stems are green and sometimes have smooth purplish parts but poison hemlock has small purple blotches all over the stem once it reaches a certain age and fools parsley has purple nodes. You must make sure you can see hairs on the stem when you look very carefully because cow parsley is the only one with a hairy stem. One of your key and main identifiers and the most important one is smell!! Hemlock and fools parsley both have a strong musty and inedible smell but when you grab a handful of cow parsley and rip up the leaves then it smells like parsley which is like lemon mixed with spinach or something along those lines. If your plant has all the features I spoke about then its Cow Parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris. Happy foraging :-) #cowparsley#cowsparsley#anthriscus#anthriscussylvestris#parsley#apiaceae#carrot#wildparsley#foraging#foraginguk#wild#wildfood#wildfooduk#vegan#vegandiet#vegetable#freefood#vegansofig#vegansofinstagram#vegans#plants#plantbased#fungus#fungal#fungi#leaf#tree#umbellifer#forage
SWEET VIOLET - (Viola odorata) - Edible and medicinal wildflower in the violet family Violaceae. Sweet violets have such an amazing smell and flavour, they are used to flavour candy called Parma Violets so if you have ever had that then that's what violets taste like. The petals have a very sweet flowery taste but the leaves are completely different they taste neutral to me. Sweet violets have a large list of medicinal uses, they help cancer, whooping cough, headaches, migraines, insomnia, it's anti inflammatory, diaphoretic, emollient, expectorant and laxative it helps treat bronchitis, externally it can treat throat and mouth infections and it contains salicylic acid which is the precursor to aspirin and it makes violets an effective painkiller. You can make alcohol or hot water extractions or even vinegar extractions from this plant to make a tasty medicinal beverage, or you can candy the petals and use them to decorate cakes and meals. The violets can be found in fields, hedgerows and woodlands especially on calcareous soils (soil with high calcium from underlying chalk or limestone rock)
Violets are a healthy snack both the leaves and roots are high in vitamin A and C but make sure you never eat the roots because the roots can make you feel a bit sick, go and find some wild flowers!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy foraging :-) #viola#violet#violets#wildflower#flower#purple#purpleflower#foraging#foraginguk#freefood#freeflowers#vegan#vegandiet#vegetable#vegansofinstagram#vegansofig#instavegan#nature#natural#organic#gardening#wintergardening#winterflower