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What is Foraging?

Foraging is the act of gathering wild food for free. Wild food can include any edible plant, animal or fungi found in the wild, that grows naturally without human intervention.

Foraged ingredients for a medicinal herbal tea: chamomile, comfrey, purple clover, white clovers and blackberry leaves

Foraging: Definition and Meaning

Definition of foraging: searching for provisions you can eat or use from the wild.

Exploring the great outdoors, handpicking the freshest and most nutritious ingredients that have thrived in the wild without any human tampering. That’s foraging in a nutshell. And the best part? It’s free! Every forage is a new adventure, where you can search the land and sea for a wide range of seasonal, fresh, nutritious foods, including weeds, fruits, herbs, nuts, vegetables, fungi, meat, and fish.

Although mushrooms are often thought of as a vegetable, they are scientifically classified as fungi. This is due to their lack of leaves, roots, and seeds, as well as their ability to grow without light.

Wild mushrooms growing at the base of a tree

Learn to Love Weeds

Weeds have been given a bad rep over time. We choose not to like them as they grow quickly and spread in the wrong places. But don’t be too quick to yank these pesky plants out of the ground. Some of them are not only delicious to eat, they also have medicinal uses and are rich in vitamins and minerals. Most importantly, they play a vital role in maintaining biodiversity. Weeds do far more than we give them credit for!

6 health benefits of a dandelion 

6 health benefits of a dandelion

You Can Forage Anywhere!

Did you know that the UK is brimming with tasty, nutritious wild foods that can be found right on your doorstep? You don’t have to live in the middle of the countryside. If there is soil, seeds will germinate: in hedgerows, towpaths, back alleys, wastegrounds, parks and even cemeteries! Urban foraging is huge in London.

Wild foods are also eco-friendly, grown without harmful chemicals or fertilisers. And they can be harvested locally, reducing food mileage and pollution. So next time you’re out and about, keep your eyes peeled for wild food wonders!