These whitebeam berries are going to make some delicious jelly
Monday, 26 September 2016
Friday, 23 September 2016
Thursday, 22 September 2016
I was walking with some students in Llandegla forest yesterday and they found these, but putting a name to them isn't simple; I've always known them as winberries or bilberries but they are also known as blaeberry, whortleberry, whinberry, windberry, wimberry, myrtle blueberry and fraughan.
They are related to blueberries and taste very similar but do not grow as large.
Monday, 19 September 2016
You'd be forgiven for thinking that this is a picture of some sort of tomato. It's actually black nightshade, a close relative of tomatoes, potatoes and many other commonly eaten plants. It's also a close relative of deadly nightshade and is fairly similar in appearance.
DO NOT MIX THE TWO UP.
Don't rely just on my picture here as an ID aid, do some detailed research until you are 100% certain about this species. Black nightsjade berries grow in clusters (as pictured) whereas deadly nightshade berries grow singly but are also black.
The black nightshade berries can be eaten raw on their own and in salads like tomatoes or as an ingredient in pies and puddings.
Sunday, 18 September 2016
We had a really good foraging haul today. Several kilos of damsons for jam making, haws for making a batch of hawthorn ketchup, elderberries for cordial and two pigeons.
We also stumbled across the signs of something elses foraging, a recently 'badgered' wasp nest, raided for the larvae by a hungry badger.
Saturday, 17 September 2016
Friday, 16 September 2016
I took a group of students to kinder Scout today to visit the site of the mass trespass in 1932 that paved the way for the establishment of National Parks and modern access laws.
On our wanders i spotted my favorite fungi which in a few minutes will be my dinner. It's a penny bun (or cep or porcini) depending on how posh your recipie book is and they are delicious.
Thursday, 8 September 2016
Back on the Bushcraft Education blog I have posted from time to time about some of the wild foods which can't easily be mistaken for anything poisonous and at other times about things that can easily be mistaken for a toxic doppelganger.
The topic of today's post is two berries, superficially similar, that I found growing next to each other but which are in fact very different.
|The scene; a mass off bushes draped in clusters of black berries;|
|Here are the delicious elderberries which I use to make cordials and add to other ingredients in crumbles and pies|
|Cornelian cherry dogwood is cultivated in Eastern Europe as an ingredient for jams and drinks; Picture by I, B.navez, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2491326|
|The foolproof tell tale, the latex like substance which will connect the parts of a broken leaf is indicative of dogwood.|
Wednesday, 7 September 2016
With all the fruit thats available to pick it was inevitable that we made some jams and jellies sooner or later, and with three children in the house it doesnt last long at all.
The latest batch was made from some of the damsons and crab apples i collected last week.
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Friday, 2 September 2016
Thursday, 1 September 2016
Growing on this roundabout on my walk to and from work are these potatoes, a result of spills from trailers as tractors go round the roundabout. They also just happen to growing next to a nice patch of chickweed, so chickweed and potatoe soup is on the menue tomorrow.