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THE JOY OF STINGING NETTLES

Here's an entry and a couple of the illustrations from my forthcoming book, The Edible City. It's out in September but I thought the timing of this piece was  just about perfect to publish now, with some enormous stinging nettle leaves all over London at the moment. Simplicity itself, this is one of my most loved recipes […] Read More

Spring is a hectic time of year for a forager, nowhere more so than in the city; the natural world is erupting with lush green leaves and brightly coloured flowers, stunning blossoms adorn the trees and all manner of delicious edible delights leap out at me every time I leave the house. It's almost too much […] Read More

My bloody back is killing me! Too much time in the car and too much time in front of this cursed screen! Hold on, I hear you say, nobody wants to read a blog where all you do is moan, not even your mum. Absolutely right, so instead of complaining and instead of more computer […] Read More

Last month I started writing about how to stay healthy during the winter months, a vast and diverse topic and as a result, one that I have split into two halves, even then only really scratching the surface. Ideally we would all spend more time concentrating on our health but modern life, especially in the city, just […] Read More

It's early November now and not too late to get out of the city and look for some tasty edible mushrooms. I love Antonio Carluccio's poetic description of mushroom hunting..he calls it "The Quiet Hunt" and this is a task best undertaken with an experienced guide to help you sort the delicious from the deadly. […] Read More

5 months 5 trees 5 new recipes

  Nature is a massive relay race, endless and cyclical; numerous plants run the length of their season, overlaps occur as others start theirs, the batons are passed and off go the next group. What a wonderful, fertile world it is and as foragers we are placed, probably better than anyone, to watch this marvellous and never […] Read More

In the Spring I published an article about how to learn fifty wild plants in just ten minutes (all the wild UK members of The Mint Family). To continue on a similar theme, this month I have chosen another huge group of plants, many of which are part of our conventional food chain and plenty […] Read More

I live in Highbury in North London, really very close to Arsenal's massive Emirates Stadium, I am not, however, much of a football fan. Fortunately, if I walk just three minutes in the exact opposite direction, I come to Clissold Park in Stoke Newington. During my recovery from back surgery seven years ago, I used […] Read More

Can I eat it? Will it harm me? These are the two basic questions the forager needs to answer when looking at any potentially edible plant. Once we decide to view the wild herbs, trees, mushrooms, seaweed and seafood of this country as a possible source of food, we enter a world, not only brimming […] Read More

For this month's blog, I have gathered together some brilliant and original wild food ideas... from Scottish foraged sushi to a Southern Indian "nightshade" curry, with recipes generously provided by my foraging peers from as close to home as Hampshire's New Forest and as far away as New York State. That's one of the best things […] Read More