Lara Barge • Published September 2015

Foraging has become more and more popular in recent years, with a massive increase in media coverage. And celebrity chefs heading outside to find their ingredients, and sharing the importance of locally sourced and home grown produce. This has more recently moved into the wilderness for foraged ingredients.

Forests are full of edible leaves, fruits and mushrooms that you can be introduced into your meals.
Not only reducing your food bills but increasing you nutrient intake.
Wild food is packed to the brim with life force, flavour and all we need to maintain a healthy diet.

But is it really possible to survive on wild foods?
I’m not suggesting that you give up buying everything and start scrambling through bushes to find dinner, (although if that appeals to you then why not). More so I am wanting to open up the possibility of finding a more balanced way of living in connection with nature.

You could start by introducing some wild food into your daily meals, such as nettles.
There are a large number of wild greens, along with nettles, that can be added to your cooking in exactly the same way as you would use spinach. Each adding a new flavour and ram packed with nutrients. I particularly love using nettles, with their herby and nutty flavour. I find they are excellent in almost any dish.

There are many benefits to introducing wild foods into your diet, such as:

-Knowing where your food comes from.
-Spending less money on shopping.
-Having a much more nutrient rich diet.
-Lowers food miles.
-More time in nature!!!

Foraging is a great activity, whether you want to start for health reasons, to create more of a connection to nature, or to get the kids out doors and understanding more about their environment.

We all know now that organic food is a much better option than food covered in toxic pesticides, herbicides and fungicides too. If you didn’t know, then you do now. These chemicals are harmful to the environment and our health. You can guarantee that wild food is organic, as along is your not foraging next to a farm that uses these.

It is important to know what you are picking so make sure you do your research. To become really competent and safe in your foraging invest in going on some foraging courses to learn all you need to know.
If you do go out foraging be aware of your surroundings and avoid picking next to busy roads, or next to animal farms. And most importantly don’t pick unless you really know.

Check out blog post our The DOs and DON’Ts of Foraging for more clarity around safe foraging.

Always use your common sense and respect your surroundings, but best of all have fun!

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