Saturday, August 14
Another great River Cottage Handbook, Hedgerow, prompted me to set out on a local foraging excursion a couple of weeks ago.
Here's what I found, within a comfortable cycle ride from home. I also picked the blackberries that I used for making the vinegar, and found a park full of trees laden with ripe wild plums. Unfortunately these were huge trees and it would have been impossible to pick the plums without a big ladder. By happy coincidence - or was it? - the park with the plums wasn't far from Plumstead.
Sloes - mental note to go back in September.
Fennel. Seeds later in the month?
Horseradish! Slightly contentious as I would have to dig it up for the root, but it will be fab with the beetroot...
Sea buckthorn. Apparently great for the juice.
Rowan berries - for jelly.
Not bad considering we are only a few miles from central London!