Warning!

Food for thought: If it's your first time foraging and you're unsure of identification, try to go on a foraging course in the early autumn and ask the forager what plants you may find.

Warning!

When you first forage for wild plants they all seemed to look very similar, until you become more experienced. Being with an experienced forager or plant identifier the first time really helps to reassure and set your mind at ease.

There are some excellent books on the subject – Richard Mabey's Food for Free (Collins, £12.99) being a well-known one – as well as photographs online to aid identification. However, you must be 100 per cent sure you can correctly identify the plant in question – if not, do not attempt to eat it!

It's said that the pain caused by thinking you have eaten something poisonous, can sometimes far outweigh the actual effects of the true poison.

Wild Forage

Wild Forage organises wild food and foraging courses along the seashore and in the countryside. Courses are run for small groups anywhere in the UK, plus individual courses in most southern counties. You can learn how to correctly identify and cook wild foods, as well as discover their medicinal and cosmetic qualities. For more info, visit www.wildforage.co.uk.

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