Autumn Foraging

Posted on 4th October 2017 by kitty

During autumn, the hedgerows, woods and countryside in Fife are a great source of food for free. Discover our top five foraging favourites in this blog from Hub volunteer, Laura. You may even be lucky enough to have some of these in growing your garden.

 

1. Apple & Bramble Crumble.

As we approach autumn the brambles are ripening in abundance! Why not collect some at your local park or woodland (a great activity to do with the kids!) to make a delicious apple & bramble crumble. And even better if you have your own apple tree…!

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/778642/apple-and-blackberry-crumble

 

2. Elderberries.

Again, elderberries are out in force at the moment. They can be made into a fruit cordial or also crumbles, jams etc.

See: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/berry-bonanza  for some ideas!

 

3. Nuts about berries.

From hawthorn berries & wild strawberries to beech & hazelnuts, see here:

http://www.countryfile.com/countryside/top-10-foods-forage-september  for the best autumn berries and nuts to pick.

 

4. Sloes.

For the gin lovers (perhaps not one for the kids…!), see here for a sloe gin recipe:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/sloegin_7722

Or, for some more family-friendly ideas, see:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/recipes/11195841/Sloes-arent-just-for-gin-why-not-make-whisky-or-jam-instead.html

 

5. Leafy Lovelies:

 There are a number of edible plants & shrubs around in autumn:

  • Wood sorrel

Often found at the base of trees in the woodlands (although do check that the dogs haven’t gotten to it first…!). It has quite a sharp apple-y taste & is delicious!

See here: http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/species/wood-sorrel for tips on where to find it & how to identify it.

  • Nettles

Nettles are such a versatile plant & make a wonderful wild pesto. They are best in spring when you can pick the young plant, but you can still pick and eat the new growth at the tips – just make sure to wear gloves when handling!

See here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/wild-pesto for the recipe.

 

Only forage on land where you have permission, and if in doubt about a plant, it’s always best to be safe and leave it.

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