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Foraging tips for families

Caring for the planet 15 May 2019 | 13:45pm

Foraging is not only a good survival skill, but also a great family activity even for small children. However, when it comes to foraging for food, there are a number of considerations you need to make. Read our guide to food foraging UK hotspots, what to look for, and some top recipes using products like Flora Original to cook up tasty meals using your foraged foods.

 

What is foraging?

 

Foraging for food is the process by which humans and animals search for natural, wild food resources. It includes looking for herbs, plants, fruits and nuts while learning and understanding more about healthy eating and preserving the natural world and its resources.

 

Top foraging UK hotspots

 

There are a number of places that are great for foraging for food around the UK. Some top spots to visit are:

 

  • Weymouth in Dorset may be well known for its seafood, but it’s also great for foraging for wild fennel. This ingredient is perfect for dishes like pan-fried sea bass with new potatoes.
  • Another spot in Dorset great for foraging is Ridgeway. Here you can find wild garlic. This is great mixed into dishes like this Italian vegetable risotto or sauces to accompany most fish dishes.
  • You might think London is too urban to forage, but Brockwell Park is a great place to forage for elderflower. You could use this to make a homemade elderflower pressé or even create the perfect elderflower and lemon curd celebration cake.
  • The British coast is full of great spots, like Falmouth in Cornwall where you can pick up a diverse number of seaweed varieties.
  • If you think about foraging for food, you’re likely to think of mushroom. A great place to find these is Goblin Combe in Somerset. Use your mushrooms to create recipes such as pork and mushroom stroganoff, or even dairy-free sweet potato and spinach pancakes.

 

Four top foraging tips

 

Foraging can be a fun pastime and a great reason for a road trip, but you also need to be mindful of where, what and how much you pick. These are our five top tips for herb, plant, fruit and mushroom foraging, before you head out on a foraging adventure:

 

  1. Always take care to leave some behind. Leaving food behind ensures there is a source of food for local animals as well as the chance that the plants, herbs and other foraged foods can continue to grow and provide foraging opportunities for others.
  2. Be safe when foraging for food. Make sure you know what you are picking is safe to cook and eat. If you’re not 100% certain, leave it alone. This is particularly important for berry and mushroom foraging, but it really goes for anything you plan to eat.
  3. Don’t be afraid of weeds. Stinging nettles, for example, make a great substitute for spinach. All you need to do is boil them to neutralise the sting.
  4. Make sure you ask permission. Although there are some areas you can forage which are public land, ensure that you check if there is a landowner you will require permission from before picking your up foraged foods.

 

Now you have a guide to food foraging UK hotspots, as well as some easy recipes to use your foraged foods. All that is left to do is get outdoors with your family and have some awesome adventures.

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