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  • The modest bramble is both loved and hated for its thorns and powers of entanglement, as well as its delicious fruit. As the case with our other native trees, it is deeply embedded in our tradition and folklore. The pastime of blackberry picking (blackberrying) goes back thousands of years and is still popular today. Bramble has also widely been used in traditional medicine. Its leaves are used in the preparation of herbal teas and the root bark and leaves are used medicinally due to its healing and detoxifying properties. .
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#WoodlandTrust#Bramble#Brambles#Blackberrying#Blackberries#WildFood#WildFoodUK#Foraging#Hedgerows
  • The modest bramble is both loved and hated for its thorns and powers of entanglement, as well as its delicious fruit. As the case with our other native trees, it is deeply embedded in our tradition and folklore. The pastime of blackberry picking (blackberrying) goes back thousands of years and is still popular today. Bramble has also widely been used in traditional medicine. Its leaves are used in the preparation of herbal teas and the root bark and leaves are used medicinally due to its healing and detoxifying properties. .
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    #WoodlandTrust #Bramble #Brambles #Blackberrying #Blackberries #WildFood #WildFoodUK #Foraging #Hedgerows
  • 2,118 26 12 July, 2018
  • Vicia sativa, common vetch. A member of the pea family, Fabaceae, which forms the third largest plant family in the world with over thirteen thousand species. They throw out tendrils like bigger cultivated peas, so they can climb. You will often see this climbing and creeping in and out of brambles and bushes. The leaves are edible raw in small quantities, or cooked for larger quantities. Only the top 8-10cm of new leaves should be harvested, the older leaves, further down the stem are higher in toxins. The small purple pea like flowers are pretty on a salad, so will pick some soon when there are more out. Being a member of the pea family, the flowers turn into pea pods. So late summer time, you can harvest the tiny mange tout like pea pods. But before they can be consumed safely in large quantities they have to go through some sort of process, whether thats drying and soaking them in a couple changes of water, blanching then pickling them, or boiling them for a minute or so in 2/3 changes of water. You can munch on one or two of the peas raw for a little taster, to try them. But if you want a good amount, they need to be processed in some way. #wildfood #wildfoodlove #forage #foraging #foraged #eatwild #eattheweeds #wildedibles #fabaceae #foragingforfood #nature #naturephotography #green #foliage #wildfoodharvest #wildfooduk #wildfoodlove
  • Vicia sativa, common vetch. A member of the pea family, Fabaceae, which forms the third largest plant family in the world with over thirteen thousand species. They throw out tendrils like bigger cultivated peas, so they can climb. You will often see this climbing and creeping in and out of brambles and bushes. The leaves are edible raw in small quantities, or cooked for larger quantities. Only the top 8-10cm of new leaves should be harvested, the older leaves, further down the stem are higher in toxins. The small purple pea like flowers are pretty on a salad, so will pick some soon when there are more out. Being a member of the pea family, the flowers turn into pea pods. So late summer time, you can harvest the tiny mange tout like pea pods. But before they can be consumed safely in large quantities they have to go through some sort of process, whether thats drying and soaking them in a couple changes of water, blanching then pickling them, or boiling them for a minute or so in 2/3 changes of water. You can munch on one or two of the peas raw for a little taster, to try them. But if you want a good amount, they need to be processed in some way. #wildfood #wildfoodlove #forage #foraging #foraged #eatwild #eattheweeds #wildedibles #fabaceae #foragingforfood #nature #naturephotography #green #foliage #wildfoodharvest #wildfooduk #wildfoodlove
  • 828 18 2 April, 2017

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  • 💧#birchsap the season's right around the corner! what do you do with yours? . 
In the past I’ve tried a few different things, lacto ferments, alcohol ferments, reductions and combinations of those. Birch syrup wine was a particularly good one (although at 55litres of sap for a gallon of wine.. rather labour intensive)
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I’d like to make a birch syrup vinegar sometime by first boiling the sap down over a birch wood fire  in the birch woods. 
Do they make birch wood barrels? How awesome would that be? Birch barrel aged Birch wood smoked Birch sap wine Vinegar !!
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Anyway this year I’m keeping it low key and simple. Year old Birch leaf pu-er tea made with freshly harvested birch sap 😃
I’m really looking forward to it. .
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#birch #demijohn #puer #wine #vinegar #wildfood #foraged #foraginguk #wildfoodlove #wildfoods #wildfooduk #foraging #forager #ferment #fermented #fermental #goferment #fermentallthethings #lacto
  • 💧 #birchsap the season's right around the corner! what do you do with yours? .
    In the past I’ve tried a few different things, lacto ferments, alcohol ferments, reductions and combinations of those. Birch syrup wine was a particularly good one (although at 55litres of sap for a gallon of wine.. rather labour intensive)
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    I’d like to make a birch syrup vinegar sometime by first boiling the sap down over a birch wood fire in the birch woods.
    Do they make birch wood barrels? How awesome would that be? Birch barrel aged Birch wood smoked Birch sap wine Vinegar !!
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    Anyway this year I’m keeping it low key and simple. Year old Birch leaf pu-er tea made with freshly harvested birch sap 😃
    I’m really looking forward to it. .
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    #birch #demijohn #puer #wine #vinegar #wildfood #foraged #foraginguk #wildfoodlove #wildfoods #wildfooduk #foraging #forager #ferment #fermented #fermental #goferment #fermentallthethings #lacto
  • 93 9 18 hours ago
  • COMPETITION - this word search contains the names of 10 common mushrooms, all of which are in our mushroom guide. Can you find all 10 to win a prize? Please send your answer to admin@wildfooduk.com including your name, address and phone number.
The first correct applicant will win a £45 voucher which can be redeemed against any of our courses. The next four will receive a 2019 Wild Food uk calendar. #competition #foraging #wildfood #ukforaging #wildfooduk
  • COMPETITION - this word search contains the names of 10 common mushrooms, all of which are in our mushroom guide. Can you find all 10 to win a prize? Please send your answer to admin@wildfooduk.com including your name, address and phone number.
    The first correct applicant will win a £45 voucher which can be redeemed against any of our courses. The next four will receive a 2019 Wild Food uk calendar. #competition #foraging #wildfood #ukforaging #wildfooduk
  • 24 3 21 February, 2019
  • 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
  • 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
  • 40 0 18 February, 2019
  • Pleurotus eryngii, The King Oyster Mushroom. This is a homegrown mushroom but they can also be found in the wild but they are quite rare, however they share the same benefits and nutrients as the closely related and more commonly found Oyster Mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus. They are a good source of riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorous, potassium, copper, dietary fiber, protein, B6, folate, iron, magnesium, zinc and manganese. King oysters as well as common oyster mushrooms both contain antioxidants that help to treat and prevent disease, the main beneficial antioxidant in these mushrooms is called ergothioneine and it has a number of benefits, it reduces oxidation or oxygen related stress, it can be taken to help liver damage, cataracts, alzheimers disease, diabetes, heart disease and sun damage. It ergothioneine can also be applied to the skin to prevent wrinkles and decrease signs of aging. If you want these benefits you can use common oysters too, happy foraging. :-) #foraging #foraginguk #wildfood #wildfooduk #vegan #vegandiet #vegetable #freefood #fungi #fungus #fungal #winter #winterforaging #plant #flower #fruit #gardening #wintergardening #mycelium #mycelia #shroom #shrooms #nature #vegansofig #vegansofinstagram #flowers #kingoyster #pleurotus
  • Pleurotus eryngii, The King Oyster Mushroom. This is a homegrown mushroom but they can also be found in the wild but they are quite rare, however they share the same benefits and nutrients as the closely related and more commonly found Oyster Mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus. They are a good source of riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorous, potassium, copper, dietary fiber, protein, B6, folate, iron, magnesium, zinc and manganese. King oysters as well as common oyster mushrooms both contain antioxidants that help to treat and prevent disease, the main beneficial antioxidant in these mushrooms is called ergothioneine and it has a number of benefits, it reduces oxidation or oxygen related stress, it can be taken to help liver damage, cataracts, alzheimers disease, diabetes, heart disease and sun damage. It ergothioneine can also be applied to the skin to prevent wrinkles and decrease signs of aging. If you want these benefits you can use common oysters too, happy foraging. :-) #foraging #foraginguk #wildfood #wildfooduk #vegan #vegandiet #vegetable #freefood #fungi #fungus #fungal #winter #winterforaging #plant #flower #fruit #gardening #wintergardening #mycelium #mycelia #shroom #shrooms #nature #vegansofig #vegansofinstagram #flowers #kingoyster #pleurotus
  • 34 0 16 February, 2019
  • 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

#groundelder #elder #apiaceae #parsley #nature #foraging #foraginguk #wildfood #wildfooduk #vegan #vegandiet #vegansofig #vegansofinstagram #winter #vegetable #freefood #fungi #fungus #fungal #wildedible #fungusamongus #trees #plants #edibleplants #ediblefungi #plantidentification
  • 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

    #groundelder #elder #apiaceae #parsley #nature #foraging #foraginguk #wildfood #wildfooduk #vegan #vegandiet #vegansofig #vegansofinstagram #winter #vegetable #freefood #fungi #fungus #fungal #wildedible #fungusamongus #trees #plants #edibleplants #ediblefungi #plantidentification
  • 42 2 11 February, 2019