Sunday was a great walking day – bright sunshine interspersed with face stinging hail! I walked a long walk (to Beeley Moor above Chatsworth) and was amazed by the variety of wild food to be foraged so early in the year. Looking back over past year’s blogs its sometimes not until the end of March that there is anything to be foraged at all. A full list here would be a bit boring – but these are some of the highlights
- a very large patch of Bistort – cooked like spinach – Bistort is like a smaller dock
- some tansy
- first signs of wood sorrel
I was also very aware that whilst the trees are still bare its a useful time to be thinking about your ‘wild food map’ for later in the year – wild raspberry canes are clear in the undergrowth, damson and sloe bushes are coming into flower, as are some wild (or alpine) strawberries in sheltered areas, I also came across two patches of gooseberries coming into leaf (probably garden escapes, but still wild food if they fruit). Definitely one or two places to revisit later in the year.