Most people have fond memories of childhood adventures, exploring the wild in late summer and autumn, with the scent of smoke on the breeze and a bag or basket clutched in their hands, scanning the hedgerow for blackberries.
They might also remember getting home from that adventure, a little green at the gills from ‘sampling’ their treasure on the way, and wondering what marvellous things will come of their hard work.
Speaking for myself, it was a little disappointing. Blackberry and apple crumble. Nice. But there were a lot more blackberries than that. Blackberry jam? Not enough for that. Often those precious berries ended up going mouldy and consigned to the bin.
I was horrified this summer to walk along my local river bank and see heavily laden bramble bushes bowing and sagging with… rotten berries. There were thousands, nay millions, of the tiny gems turned to brown husks, unpicked and left to waste.
It was a similar story for the hawthorn berries and rosehips lining the path. Sloes in their thousands left unpicked. Gone to rot.
These, among other wild foods like nettle and dandelion, are highly nutritious foods which are both free and tasty.
This website aims to offer ways to use these wild foods as part of our diet, and gain the health and economical benefits free food can offer.