The Splash Zone

The Splash Zone

A lot of people will tell you not to forage next to a road, because of traffic fumes.

This picture shows a much more rational reason for not foraging by the roadside – when it rains, all that crap on the road gets splashed up onto the plants – mud, diesel, dog dirt and the like. Much better to get away from the ‘splash zone’!

Be mindful when foraging

Be mindful when foraging

This is something to be mindful of if picking wild garlic (Allium ursinum) at the moment.

The first two pics look almost like the fresh leaves poking through, but if you stick these in yer gob, you’re going to experience a nasty burning sensation, stomach ache, swollen throat and breathing difficulty. It’s Arum maculatum (Lords n Ladies) and will grow to be that conical cluster of orange berries you commonly see. It grows amongst wild garlic, so be mindful of each leaf you pick. The third photo is wild garlic, growing in exactly the same area.

A little experiment…

A little experiment…

Trying a mini experiment at the moment….

I picked some leaves of wild garlic earlier and they’re now undergoing a lacto-fermentation process. Hopefully they’ll turn out ok and I can scale up the operation.

Late night forage

Late night forage

Had a little forage last night in the dark, wind n rain. Came away with some Wild Leeks (Allium ampeloprasum).

You’ve probably heard of Elephant Garlic, well, this is it. It’s got a lovely garlic like taste, with a rather hot finish. Great flavours!

A lovely end to the day….

A lovely end to the day….

A nice end to a lovely day, following the morning walk around the woods.

We headed to the hills, then to the coast – unfortunately I was rather lax with taking pictures owing to having muddy hands! However, we found sea sale almost ready to start sprouting, sea spinach, wild horseradish, wild parsnips, and wild leeks (Also known as elephant garlic)

Now time to go and forage a fish chowder from the pub!

Frosty morning wander

Frosty morning wander

Frosty morning wander done!

Saw some deer, scared some ducks, got rather muddy. Back to the cabin for a cuppa, then off to Eggardon Hill, then the coast for some more exploring!