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UNLESS YOU ARE 100% SURE OF WHAT IT IS
& 100% SURE THAT IT IS EDIBLE
DON’T EAT IT!

 

 
 
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  • Generally, if it’s within reach of a public right of way and wild, its fair game. If you have to trespass to get it, then it isn’t. However, always read the foraging rules in your local parks and green spaces, and if you’re foraging on farms or private properties, be sure to get permission from the landowner before you start picking.
  • It is illegal to dig up any plants without permission, so leave the roots alone and just snip off the leaves and flowers just above the stem so you avoid damaging the populations. 
  • Never pick plants if they are scarce in the area.
  • Never take too many plants from one particular patch.
  • Be a sustainable forager and only take what you need, leave plenty for the wildlife. Harvest respectfully: seeds and flowers are the plant’s future.
  • Be cautious with new wild foods. Just because something is generally edible, that doesn’t mean that you can eat it. If you are susceptible to food allergies or have a sensitive digestive system, you will probably have a reaction to wild food. Do a tolerance test to be safe.
  • Take a good reference book with you.
  • Know which stage of the plant you should eat.
  • Understand there are some herbs and wild plants that are fine to eat except if you are a child, pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Take a good knife, secateurs, gloves, a basket or paper bags.
  • Pick mushrooms extremely cautiously. If you get it wrong you can DIE!  Here’s a guide.
  • Consider pesticides, herbicides, pollutions and dog pee. Think about all that could, might and will have drifted onto your plants and pick wisely.
 
 

 

SOURCES & RECOMMENDED READING

Roger Philips | Wild Food
Alys Fowler | The Thrifty Forager
 Adele Nozedar | The Hedgerow Handbook
Richard Mabey | Food For Free
Miles Irvine | The Forager’s Handbook

 

EQUIPMENT

string
sharp scissors
sturdy pair of boots
basket + containers
folding foraging knife