Looking at your local environment and understanding what is around you can help make a basic dish into something delicious and unusual. Outside we are surrounded by amazing food that is not only edible but free! See below our top tips for foraging:
* Most land is under private ownership or owned by a state body, ask permission before foraging on someone else's
Identification and Knowledge
* Know which plants/fruits/nuts are edible and how to correctly identify them. * Only harvest if you can correctly identify the plant and the surrounding area is not contaminated * Many plants are highly poisonous and can cause death if consumed. * Many edible plants have poisonous look-a-likes. * It's important to know which part/s of each plant are edible * Some plants are only edible after careful preparation e.g. Cooking, washing, removal of sections.
Sustainable harvesting: Where, when and how to forage.
* Only pick when a plant is abundant * Use sharp scissors for preference, or a sharp knife. * Only harvest in patches, as you need to leave plants for regeneration and its continued survival. * Try not to remove flower or seed heads unless sourcing these specifically
* Plants form a vital part of the eco-system, and many animals, insects and other organisms rely on them for survival.
* Familiarise yourself with the law regarding wild plants as some species are protected due to being rare, fragile, under threat or form a vital part of the ecosystem.