Now a leisurely pastime in the UK, the acts of foraging and outdoor cooking are deeply rooted in our history. Back when we were hunter-gatherers, we sourced all of our food through searching for animals and plants to eat from the wild and cooked over fire. Knowledge was shared within communities about the best times of year and places to find certain wild edibles, and the best ways to cook them. When we forage today, we are benefitting from years of accumulated knowledge.
Foraging and Wild Cooking Inspiration
Grab your basket, prepare the fire and follow in the footsteps of our Everyday Adventurers.
Foraging is not without its dangers and you should never pick what you can’t identify. Read our guides on how to start foraging safely and responsibly.
How to forage for wild food safely
There are lots of easily recognisable fruits, seeds and nuts that you can forage without the worry. However, many edibles have dangerous look-a-likes and can make you seriously ill or kill you. These are some steps you can take to ensure you are foraging safely.
1 March 2018
An Introduction to Foraging
Foraging is ever increasing in popularity, but is it legal and safe? In this blog post, we go over the things you should consider before picking anything to eat from the wild.
4 February 2018
How to forage for wild food sustainably
Sustainable foraging protects our fragile ecosystems, promotes biodiversity and safeguards our natural places and wildlife. It also allows others to enjoy natures treasures and helps to prevent heavier restrictions from being imposed in the future. Here are some simple steps to ensure you are foraging sustainably.
7 October 2017
What to forage in the UK
Foragers are spoiled for choice on our temperate isle. Here are a selection of our favourite things to forage for in the UK.
Common Hawthorn or Crataegus monogyna is native to the UK and is a popular hedge tree. It lines many a motorway and country road, its blooms colouring hedgerows white in May and red with its berries in Autumn.
9 September 2019
Urtica dioica better known as the stinging nettle or the common nettle is a much maligned British plant for its ability to cause an itchy rash if you brush up against it. But, it is also a wonderful wild edible we should all be eating.
13 August 2019
Sea Purslane or ‘Halimione portulacoides‘ is an edible plant, found in many of the UK’s coastal areas. Recently it is experiencing a revival, being used in top restaurants as an exciting wild ingredient
2 July 2019
Cooking over an open fire using foraged ingredients can be delicious too. Here are a few of our favourite recipes.
As part of our Wild Cooking series, we’ve teamed up with experienced forager Carol Hunt, who shares with us a simple recipe for foraged mushroom tempura.
31 July 2018
Wild Garlic Pesto
A simple springtime recipe to enjoy when wild garlic is growing in abundance
22 December 2017
Carol Hunt shares with us her recipe for a delicious frittata, using foraged leaves and mushrooms, as well as a selection of store cupboard ingredients.
7 November 2017
The Truffle Hunter
Truffles, like mushrooms, are the fruiting body of a type of fungi that forms a fascinating symbiotic relationship with trees. Many types of truffle are edible and highly prized by top restaurants and food connoisseurs. Much skill and knowledge is needed to find and identify them, which only adds to their mystique.
4 March 2019