/ Wild foods
I'll be harvesting mulberries from a recently discovered tree in my home town. Only really discovered them last year - scarce though
> Great. Thank yous. I too have never before seen berries on Ivy until this.
> Can you suggest some really good internet wild food reference webpages or/and the grail of wild food books. I have a little pocket book you may like to look up and find useful called 'Food for free' ISBN: 978-0-00-718303-6 Which is a good one to take camping
Food For Free is useful as long as you already know the name of the plant/flower/thing. It's actually best to start with something like a wild flower key that allows you to identify something by visual characteristics (Wild Flowers of Britain and Europe, Podlech and Lippert, about halfway down this blog post: http://originaloutdoors.co.uk/bushcraft-general/ten-foraging-books-you-need-on-your-shelf/)
There are plenty of edible berries (fruits), some much improved after a little processing:
- Apples (Crab Apples for the best sour-face experience)
- Sea Buckthorn
All of the above can be found at different times of year on publicly accessible land in NE Wales, and the most other places south of Glasgow
By cribbing from Mors Kochanski? :-p
There are plenty of people who have knowledge that matches and surpasses Ray (also rememebr that when you make a TV show you have the luxury of writing a script first). It's intense knowledge about a subject you are interested in/field you work in. I know sod-all about aircraft systems programming, beekeeping or underwater pipe inspection. I've never worked in those fields, but I know people who can talk all day about them.
Abandoned urban areas are great for foraging. I've found more edible wild plants on scumy edges of urban canals than I have in edge-grazed organic farmland.
As has been said it is Ivy. Ivy has two different types of leaves on the same plant. Leaves on new growth are quite different to ones on older mature branches. Leave those berries there. A good source of food for birds, especially in the winter.
Yep, got a mulberry bush at the golf course as well - lovely fruit, but a bugger to get the juice/dye off your clothes!
Why do we not plant more of these old type fruiting trees in the UK? Mulberry are lovely fruit, I remember them from past places we have lived and there must be much you can do with the fruit?
We moved here and planted a quince and medlar tree, had our first single quince this year (the frost had the rest of the crop), quince jam is fantastic. Hopefully the medlar will start to bear fruit in the next couple of years, we've also planted usual selection of apple, pear, cherry.
It seems such a waste when I see back gardens consisting of a patch of grass and a few flower tubs - plant a fruit tree in there!
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