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A year in the life of a forager....

Discussion in 'Lovely Grub' started by The Big Lebowski, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Recently started foraging in a big way, so I thought I might do a running photo journal as I go along if anyone's interested...
    Up to around 15 new edibles in the past fortnight, but I'll post new images as I take them :)
    It is not intended as a reference guide. It is merely a general visual guide. Books are your friends!

    Two for starters...

    Spoon leaf scurvy grass-Cochlearia anglica. Coastal mud flats-Traditionally used to prevent... scurvy! Slight mustard powder taste.

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    Velvet shank-Flammulina velutipes. Damp woodland- Stem feels like antler velvet. Good eating.
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  2. xylaria

    xylaria Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Cool. never tried survey grass, looks tasty.
     
  3. lannyman8

    lannyman8 Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    goodjob oooooooh STICKEY please...:ban:
     
  4. Johnnyboy1971

    Johnnyboy1971 Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Hey Al have you thought of doing it as a blog. Looking forward to more of this.
     
  5. The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Cool :)

    I'm not going to have time for a blog sadly at the mo... My days start at 10am and finish at 2am :p Wish I had taken the camera out last week now, but bear with me!
     
  6. Stringmaker

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    Great thread idea; +1 for a sticky.

    About the only wild edible I know is sheep sorrell.
     
  7. malente

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    10am? I am envious...

    I'll be following this with interest!

    Cheers
     
  8. bushcraftmyway

    bushcraftmyway Tenderfoot

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    sticky, please?
     
  9. Ivan...

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    Great idea Al ! We can add some Dartmoor finds at the end of March , us will go on a wander .

    Don't forget to wipe that mouse poo off the velvet shank !

    + 3 for sticky .

    Ivan...
     
  10. Passer

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    Really looking forward to this.
    Hoping for lots of ideas.
    Thanks for taking the time and trouble.
     
  11. The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    No problems... It ties in with me having a dabble at photography, building up my own database and sharing stuff.

    I'll be back out with the camera Tuesday as I'm visiting family this weekend, cheers, al.
     
  12. FelixAvery

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    great idea for a thread! maybe it would be hijacking but perhaps other foragers could join in adding their own pics of interesting edibles?
     
  13. The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Sure... Its an open forum :)

    Common/sheep sorrel-Rumex acetosa. Open pasture. Tastes like granny smith apple peels.
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    Jews ear-Auricularia auricula-judae. Prefers elder. Makes a great pickled mushroom! (steam for 10 mins or until soft before pickling)
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    Wild chervil (young cow parsley)-Anthriscus sylvestris. Country lanes-Prolific (be aware of hemlock water dropwort) good with mash/fish.
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    More tomorrow...
     
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    The Big Lebowski Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Some coastal stuff...

    Sea beet/spinach-Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima. Salt marshes. Steam or eat tender shoots raw.
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    Alexanders-Smyrnium olusatrum. Coast to a few miles inwards. Acquired taste, I like it.
    The spring shoots (cotyledon) are great in salad.
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    Ribwort Plantain-Plantago lanceolata. Prolific. Go for the young, tender shoots. Average but edible.
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    Charlock- Sinapis arvensis. Your garden!- Prolific (be aware of ragwort) tastes like cabbage heart.
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    Another few today... Some mushrooms soon hopefully.

    Yarrow-Achillea millefolium. Open grasslands. Amazing herb http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achillea_millefolium
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    Pennywort-Umbilicus rupestris (formerly Cotyledon umbilicus). Embankments/walls. Succulent. Great in wild salad.
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    Pennywort aka Navelwort. Yum yum! Taste a lot like uncooked garden peas. One of my favourites. :)
     
  17. The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Few more today...

    Chickweed-Stellaria media. Really like the taste of this. (Be aware of Scarlet Pimpernel)
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    Horseradish-Armoracia rusticana. Now this stuff packs a punch :)
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  18. The Big Lebowski

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    Few more... St Georges mushrooms any time now :)

    Common mallow-Malva neglecta. Deep fried to make a type of crisp or used traditionally in Molokhia soup/broth.
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    Hairy Bittercress-Cardamine hirsuta. Not actually bitter (or hairy) more very mild green peppercorn. Nice.
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    Sea Plantain-Plantago maritima. Tastes like garden pea shell. Found on salt marsh in abundance.
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  19. The Big Lebowski

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    New one today...

    Ground Elder-Aegopodium podagraria. Tastes like sweet celery leaves. Introduced by the Romans (as was parsley of alexander)
    Taken on a bridal path on the edge of woodlands.
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  20. BATMAN

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    Very interesting post, keep it up.
     

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